Popular Radio Broadcaster confirmed as host for Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards

The Worcestershire Apprenticeships team has announced that entrepreneur, marketing expert, author and popular radio host, Ed James will be the host for the 2024 annual awards evening.

Ed is a founding partner of global performance content marketing agency, Lunar Agency, and is most recognised for his extensive career in broadcasting. As a presenter on Heart FM for over 22 years, Ed has evolved and adapted to remain relevant within the changing industry landscape and is extremely passionate about staying connected to the regional community.

Additionally, his impressive charity work has raised more than £1,000,000 for regional charities.

Ed will be the host for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards, taking place on the 28th November at the West Midland Safari Park.

2024 marks a special year for the Worcestershire Apprenticeships programme as it celebrates its 10th anniversary since being founded in 2014. Across those 10 years the programme has worked tirelessly to promote the apprenticeships pathway, and one of the major activities to achieve this has been the yearly awards ceremony.

Apprentices, employers, schools, ambassadors and training providers in Worcestershire are encouraged to submit their entries or nominations for the awards through the convenient online nomination process.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 19th July.

The 2024 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards will honour outstanding achievements in 10 categories over the past year:

Apprentice Awards
• Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year
• Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year
• Higher Level Apprentice of the Year
• Degree Level Apprentice of the Year

Employer Awards
• Micro/Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (< 50 employees)
• Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (50 – 249 employees)
• Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (> 250 employees)

Support Awards
• School of the Year
• Training Provider of the Year
• Apprentice Ambassador of the Year

The popular celebration event will culminate in the two illustrious overall awards of ‘Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’ and ‘Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year’.

Local organisations are also being invited to help support the delivery of the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards by sponsoring one of the many packages available.

Ed James, entrepreneur, author and radio broadcaster, and host of this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards said: “I am delighted to be hosting the 2024 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards later this year. Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to begin, advance, and reshape careers and I eagerly anticipate this year’s awards, where we will celebrate the incredible efforts of everyone who contributes to the success of apprenticeships in Worcestershire.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted to have Ed James confirmed as the host for the 2024 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards as we get set for the 10th awards ceremony. The awards are open for entries and applications, and I’d strongly encourage any apprentices, employers, training providers and apprenticeship ambassadors to go online and enter. Even if not for yourself or your own organisation, you can help to celebrate and recognise the great work of others.”

Francesca Gibbs, Project Manager for Worcestershire Apprenticeships, said: “We are thrilled that popular regional broadcaster Ed James will be hosting this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. This event is a highlight of the year, celebrating the exceptional contributions of everyone involved in apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships play a vital role in shaping futures and providing valuable opportunities. We look forward to the November celebration and the chance to honour all the nominees and apprenticeship providers for their dedication and hard work.”

To nominate individuals or organisations for the Awards before the 19th July deadline, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website at https://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/worcestershire-apprenticeships-events/annual-apprenticeship-awards/

To find out more about sponsoring the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards, please contact the Worcestershire Growth Hub team by emailing info@worcestershiregrowthhub.co.uk

Stay engaged with the conversation surrounding the Awards by following the #WorcsApprentice hashtag and the @WorcsApprentice account on all social media platforms.