Tenth annual National Apprenticeship Awards winners announced

Five companies, three apprentices and one former apprentice are celebrating after taking home top prizes at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013.

The winners, representing a range of categories ranging from Unilever Higher Apprentice of the Year to Jaguar Land Rover Small Employer of the Year, beat off competition from over 1,600 entrants to be presented with their awards by Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham last night.

The Awards, now in their tenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Former IT apprentice Chloe Gailes from Barclays was crowned City & Guilds National Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2013.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was guest of honour at the Awards and said: “To lock in our economic recovery we need a new generation of talent entering the world of work and I am committed to making sure young people today get the opportunities they need to realise their full potential. Since 2010, we have created a million and a half new apprenticeships but none of that would have been possible without events like this and the support of businesses who go that extra mile to help our apprentices progress.”

Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock said: “Apprenticeships deliver for employers, young people, adults and the economy.  I congratulate the winners and finalists at the National Apprenticeship Awards. They represent the very best of employers and apprentices in this country and set a hugely positive example for other individuals and organisations to follow. I want a system that works for businesses as well as learners. These awards demonstrate this and I am pleased to see so many learners, businesses and partners showing their commitment to Apprenticeships.”