Joanne Harris Occupational Therapist Team Manager at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Joanne Harris
The course has been so beneficial and helped me as I moved into the role of a manager

Joanne Harris has been named Non-Clinical Apprentice of the Year Award at the Lancashire and South Cumbria Apprenticeship Awards 2022. Joanne has completed her Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeship at Blackburn College whilst working for Blackburn with Darwen Council as a  Occupational Therapist Team Manager. Joanne was praised for helping to give her team better opportunities and making them more cohesive, as well as setting up an occupational apprenticeship, which is the first in the North West, working alongside a number of NHS Trusts and Sheffield University.

Joanne said: "As the Occupational Therapy Team Manager in Blackburn with Darwen Adult Social Care, I was very proud to accept the award, it means a lot to me and importantly the team I am part of.

“I am very grateful for my tutor Maria Haworth from Blackburn College who provided a platform for learning and encouraged sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience. Whilst my manager, Susan Kalvenas, ILS Service Lead, continually inspired and motivated me, pushing me to the ‘finish line’.

“I am grateful to have been able to undertake the course and believe the knowledge and skills I have acquired will be a great benefit to my role.

"The course has been so beneficial and helped me as I moved into the role of a manager.

“All the learning that I’ve covered in the classroom has been put into practice in my role, I didn’t think that it would run parallel so well with my job before I started the course. I’ve really enjoyed the course and will miss it greatly when I finish; I’ve learnt so much and my confidence has greatly improved.”