Worcestershire seeks out top apprentices and employers

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council are inviting entries for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, celebrating the county’s top trainees and employers.

 

The categories in the apprentice awards include:

  • School of the year
  • Intermediate level apprentice of the year
  • Advanced level apprentice of the year
  • Higher level apprentice of the year
  • Worcestershire apprentice of the year.

 

For employers, awards up for grabs are:

  • Newcomer apprenticeship employer
  • Small apprenticeship employer of the year (up to 50 employees)
  • Medium apprenticeship employer of the year (more than 50 employees)
  • Large apprenticeship employer of the year (more than 250 employees)
  • Apprentice ambassador of the year
  • Training provider of the year
  • Worcestershire apprenticeship employer of the year.

Now in their third year, the awards will be hosted and presented by winner of the first series of BBC1’s The Apprentice, Tim Campbell.

After being told ‘You’re hired’ by Lord Sugar, Campbell went on to set up the Bright Ideas Trust, which offers advice, support and investment to young entrepreneurs.

 

Plethora of opportunities

Gary Woodman, executive director of Worcestershire LEP, said: “We have some excellent apprenticeship opportunities in Worcestershire with more than 10,000 people participating in an apprenticeship programme.

“The range of categories for the awards are a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the fantastic work that is taking place across the county.

“If you don’t already provide apprenticeships, it is worth considering how apprentices could help with your future workforce requirements and increase your productivity.”

 

A worthy addition

Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, cabinet member with responsibility for economy, skills and infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, added: “We are delighted to support the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

“Apprentices can add so much to the workplace, and by offering placements, employers give young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and experience for their future lives.

“I would encourage employers to make their nominations for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards and help celebrate and further improve the already fantastic apprenticeship infrastructure that we enjoy here in Worcestershire.”

The deadline for nominations is 30 June. For more information visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk