Alumni Amber is a Rising Star Apprentice

Former College student, Amber Mold, has been nominated for Retail Week Rising Stars’ Award, “Apprentice of the Year” following her phenomenal start with fast food company, McDonalds.


Amber, who achieved Double Distinction*, A, A in her A Level Studies, secured one of only 10 UK-wide Management Degree Apprenticeship with McDonalds. The five year BA (Hons) course involves a combination of part-time work and study and termly block intensive courses at Manchester Metropolitan University. Amber was nominated by McDonald’s Head Office following her impressive work with her in-house mentors.

Amber has been nominated for 'Apprentice of the Year'
Amber has been nominated for 'Apprentice of the Year'

Amber will travel to the Barbican in London on 18 July to attend the ceremony, which will see her up against fellow apprenticeship students from well-known brands such as Boots, The Body Shop and Sainsbury’s.

Amber said of her nomination: “I am really excited to be considered for this award. I absolutely love working for McDonald’s and through the apprenticeship programme, I can get a degree whilst working and earning money. I am incredibly proud of my time at Newton Abbot College; I learnt a lot about business and it set me in great stead for my apprenticeship. I hope that others will be encouraged to look into the apprenticeship route as a fulfilling and alternative experience to university.”    

Team Leader of Business at Newton Abbot College, Jon Leet, said: “Amber’s success demonstrates the increasing value of Degree Apprenticeships as an alternative to traditional undergraduate university courses. There are some great opportunities out there for students wishing to follow this route. Blue-chip, multi-national companies paying you while you study, covering your tuition fees and guaranteeing a well-paid job at the end of it. What’s not to like?”

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