Find out who triumphed in the Skills for Business Awards

On 1st July, Lancashire county cricket club played host to the Skills for Business Awards, an event showcasing Greater Manchester’s progress within the higher apprenticeship sector. Find out who the night’s top winners were.

The award show is designed to recognise Greater Manchester businesses who invest in the training and development of their staff as well as schools and learning providers who provide quality training and individuals who have excelled through developing their skills.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub presented 21 awards in total, including ‘Apprentice of the Year’ and ‘School of the Year.’

Telecommunications recruit Ben Howarth scooped the Apprentice of the Year award for his work with Lancashire-based Pennine Telecom. Judges chose the 22 year-old ‘‘due to the big impact he has had on the business at the age of just 22, with mobile sales increasing by 31% in 2014.’’

The School of the Year award went to Middleton Technology School; as their apprenticeship rate was well above the national average during 2014.

Approximately 8 per cent of Middleton’s students went on to study an apprenticeship last year, a rate which is 5 per cent higher than the majority of UK schools. An impressive 75 per cent of its students left with 5-10 GCSEs, including maths and English.