A Hampshire company has been nominated in three categories at a prestigious awards ceremony which will take place next month.

More than 200 apprentices and employers will attend the PETA Apprentice & Employer of the Year Awards next month, marking a night of celebrating the “best of the best.”

The pretigious ceremony will be held at Portsmouth Guildhall on June 28.

Matrix IT, an IT Managed Services provider based in Portchester, was nominated in three categories, namely Best Apprentice Employer (SME), IT Apprentice of the Year, and Rising Star Award.

Marketing Assistant Ellis Batchelor, who is nominated for the IT Apprentice of the Year award, said the opportunity to work with Matrix has helped her gain confidence in marketing management.

Daily Echo: Louise Bushall is nominated for the PETA Apprentice & Employer of the Year AwardsLouise Bushall is nominated for the PETA Apprentice & Employer of the Year Awards (Image: Matrix IT)

She said: “Before Matrix, I had no clear career path; however, during my time here, I have discovered my passion for Marketing, which is something that I wouldn’t have initially considered, especially within the IT sector.

“From the get-go, the team have given me the opportunity to grow within my role, allowing me to bring new ideas and contribute designs that attract new customers.”

Similarly, Operations Manager Louise Bushall, a nominee for the Rising Star Award, credited Matrix for the growth of her career.

“Matrix was always there to support me, and after completing my apprenticeship, I was offered a permanent position. As Operations Manager, I am now part of a team supporting operations, procurement, and HR and have been part of an exciting team which has helped Matrix expand even further than we could have hoped for.”

Louise Gascoigne, Operations Director at Matrix IT, said: "We are delighted that the award nominations recognise the dedication and hard work of not just our organisation, but also of Louise and Ellis, who exemplify the excellence we strive for in our apprenticeship programme.

“To top off these award nominations, we are also proud to have recently hired our 19th apprentice, furthering our commitment to nurturing future talent through hands-on experience, continuous learning, and the infusion of fresh ideas and enthusiasm into our daily operations. It’s been an exciting year, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store.”