The Apprentice Prize Giving evenings were held at The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford on Wednesday 13th November and at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways, Worcester on Thursday 14th November.
This was our 46th Annual Apprentice Awards Evening, this annual event brings together apprentices, parents, employers and local dignitaries to acknowledge success in vocational training, which is designed to prepare young people for key jobs in local business.
Our guest speaker for the 2013 awards was Rebecca Stephens, MBE
Rebecca Stephens is the first British woman to have climbed Everest – an achievement recognised around the world. Rebecca then went on to become the first English-speaking woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Her achievements might suggest she has always known exactly what she wanted to do, but this is far from the truth. At school, she followed no particular path. ‘I went to university and then into journalism, still not knowing what I wanted to do.’
It wasn’t until the age of 27 that she discovered a passion that was to change her life.
As a journalist, Rebecca Stephens accompanied an Anglo-American expedition on Everest’s North East Ridge and got bitten by the mountaineering bug. She decided she wanted to climb. Not only that, she wanted to climb the highest mountain in the world. Four years on she fulfilled this ambition and has subsequently continued to break records and barriers.
With a passionate belief that every individual can achieve goals far beyond their wildest dreams, Rebecca Stephens lectures to corporate audiences around the world. She also contributes articles to a number of national newspapers and has regularly appeared on television, most notably on Tomorrow’s World.
Not surprisingly, Rebecca Stephens continues to adventure at every opportunity. She has sailed the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica, competed in an eight-day Eco-Challenge with polar explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Mike Stroud, running, biking and canoeing across the Canadian Rockies, and crossing the island of South Georgia in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
She is a trustee for the Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, has been closely involved with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Outward Bound Trust.