Jacob is outstanding!

22 February 2021

A vision-impaired apprentice at WESC Foundation has been voted Outstanding Apprentice of the year following a county-wide competition. 

Jacob Towner won the competition’s public vote this week, after weeks of nominations from employers and training providers had been narrowed down to three finalists. 

Jacob standing outside wearing an orange high vis jacket

He is registered blind (Severely Sight Impaired) and a former student at the WESC Foundation’s specialist college in Exeter. The 21 year old also has Cerebral Palsy, and over the years has developed his own ways of overcoming some of the barriers that might get in his way.  Following an internship after college he has returned to the charity’s staff team as a paid apprentice in customer service in partnership with PGL Training. 

Jacob was surprised to hear the news announced on local radio station Radio Exe. He said: 

“I would like to thank all of the people who voted for me.  

“It was a shock for me to hear that I had won apprentice of the year, but I really love my work, and I’m really proud that people think I’m doing a really good job”. 

Linda Stafford, Employability and Work Placement Coordinator at WESC Foundation, said: 

“I’m so pleased for Jacob to have been recognised for his outstanding work in his apprenticeship. 

“So many of our past and present students have to go the extra mile to meet their own individual challenges,  

Dean Matthews, Operations and Work Based Learning Manager at PGL Training, said: 

“Jacob is a shining example for all apprentices and what they can achieve in the work place.  

He’s right to be proud of everything he has achieved so far on this programme, and with his employment at WESC Foundation”. 

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