Dauntless Chef Lisa goes for national apprenticeship award

Lisa Williams from HMS Dauntless will be carrying the hopes of the Royal Navy on her shoulders at this year’s BAME Apprenticeship Awards.

The chef is one of ten people competing for the title of the best retail, tourism and hospitality sector apprentice in the UK – including employees of top London hotels including The Savoy.

The November awards showcase the efforts and skill of apprentices from minority communities who stand out as varied as accounting, law, health and care work, and construction and tourism.

Lisa was put forward having already won in the same category in the RN’s apprenticeship awards earlier this year.

Admiral Hally presents AB Lisa Williams with Apprentice of the Year title

Originally from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Lisa started her working life in the insurance industry but quickly realised her dream was to move to England, work in hospitality and ultimately open her own restaurant, serving traditional food from her home islands.

Two years later she left her home in the Caribbean and moved to the UK to join the Navy, learning how to be a sailor first, chef second, at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, before joining destroyer HMS Dauntless

Describing Lisa as a “consummate professional”, Sub Lieutenant Liam Rice of the RN’s apprenticeship team based at HMS Collingwood, said her efforts and ability meant that the Level 2 Hospitality Team Member apprentice regularly performed duties typically carried out by more experienced personnel.

“Throughout her apprenticeship she demonstrated grit and determination to routinely run busy shifts in the ship’s galley,” he said.

“Lisa’s ability to retain information quickly, apply it correctly and build upon it when appropriate makes her a credit to the team. She has quickly become a lynchpin of the ship’s catering team, which is impressive for such a junior chef or steward.”

Become an Apprentice

As part of their training all the apprentices have completed a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Aeronautical Engineering. As they progress in their career, they will obtain further qualifications, including a Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering when they are promoted to Petty Officer. These higher education qualifications are provided at no cost to the individuals.

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