A digital business solutions company, which employs two current college students, achieved a top three place at a renowned business awards ceremony.

Coleg Llandrillo work-based learners, apprentice Millie Rawson and Business Administration student, Katie Griffiths, are both employed by Rawson Digital in Wrexham. The company was named as one of only three finalists in the 'Business of the Year' (up to 50 employees) category at the recent Daily Post Business Awards ceremony, narrowly missing out on first place.

18-year-old Millie Rawson is the daughter of the boss of the company, and is currently studying for a Business Administration Level 2 qualification with the college. She said:

I decided against university as I wanted to learn about my family business. I felt that by starting as an apprentice, I could learn from the ground up.

The Business Administration Diploma has taught me about administration in the wider world and the apprenticeship has enabled me to continue learning outside of an educational environment, whilst earning at the same time.

Senior Administrator with the company, Katie Griffiths, is enrolled on the Business Administration Level 3 course. She added:

My manager and I felt it would be a good development opportunity for me to do a work-based qualification and he supported me by covering the cost.

By learning using the work-based method, I am free from having to commit to studying on a day-release basis or attending an evening class. The flexibility works for me, and as it is based on my daily work tasks, I don't have to spend time on lots of assignments.

The evening celebrated the region's high-flying companies and talented employees. It was hosted by TV journalist Nicholas Owen, and took place at Bangor University.

Daily Post editor, Andrew Campbell, said:

The quality of entries has remained unflinchingly high over the years, and this year we saw a record number, which is a clear sign that drive, determination and entrepreneurship are alive and kicking in this remarkable region.

For more information on work-based courses or apprenticeships, call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.

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