30 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been announced as finalists at the fully booked Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017.
Awards finalists, businesses and guests will attend the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards at 6:30pm, on Thursday 16 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners of each category will be announced. The ceremony is set to attract a record audience of 350 people and will be presented by one of the UK’s leading live comedians, Mark Watson.
A total of twelve awards will be given out to this year’s winners at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. As well as awards that recognise the apprentices and their employers, four of the categories to be awarded celebrate those who employ apprentices. These are:
Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by The Community Housing Group
Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by The Development Manager Ltd (TDM) WBL Consultancy
Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Sanctuary Group
The evening will culminate in the two overall awards from all other winners: Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd and the Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year award sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We know that Worcestershire’s Apprenticeship employers go to great lengths to support the younger generation to learn and excel in the world of work, and to provide them with the opportunities to achieve their ambitions. I look forward to meeting with all employer finalists as part of a record audience at this year’s awards.
Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, added: “With the support of Worcestershire’s fantastic apprenticeship employers, we are continuing to see the county’s local apprentices go from strength to strength. I look forward to celebrating the successes of all apprenticeship employers and I would urge all local business to consider the benefits of hiring an apprentice.”
For a full list of finalists for this year’s awards and for more information on employing an apprentice, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk