Winner of Microsoft’s Apprentice of the Year Award announced

Tanya Stittle, a 19-year-old apprentice working for Bango, a Cambridge-based mobile payments company, has been crowned the winner of Microsoft’s annual Apprentice of the Year competition.

She was awarded the prize in recognition of her contribution to the Bango team since joining nearly two years ago.

“This is such a surprise – I can’t believe it. I’m so proud to be the first female Apprentice of the Year.

“We need to get the word out to more girls, because generally a lot of women feel that IT is more of a male thing, but if they knew it could be the start of a successful career then they’d definitely want to,” said Tanya Stittle.

The judges of the competition commended Stittle’s ability to solve complex technical problems and eagerness to take on new challenges. She was also praised for mentoring other apprentices on the team.

“Since joining Bango, Tanya has far exceeded all of her set objectives, taking the technical lead on a number of projects, and she also finds time to mentor other apprentice engineers,” said Chris Goulding, Team Leader, Bango Platform Operations Centre.

This year marked the fifth year of Microsoft sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year awards. In that time, Microsoft’s apprenticeship programme has seen 7000 apprentices find work at 5000 companies.

Microsoft says its Apprenticeship Programme is important in providing training and resources for young people in order to help them succeed in the workplace.