Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015 – made by Apprentices

Next week (12 November 2015) will celebrate the successes of some of the County’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools at the 2015 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards have been organised by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council and will be hosted by well-known broadcaster, Steph McGovern. The event promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s awards which were held for the first time in November 2014, and was hosted by Nick Hewer from BBC One’s ‘The Apprentice’.

Local apprentices have been working hard to make this year’s awards evening another huge success. The trophies, which feature the iconic Worcestershire pear were made by Worcestershire Group Training Association with apprentices from Amada UK (Kidderminster), Worcester Bosch Group (Worcester) and Yamazaki Mazak (Worcester).

A number of apprentices from DRP, the event organisers who are based in Hartlebury, have been involved in the event and have helped to produce and edit the video footage which will be used at the awards.

A special VIP Reception will be held where finalists will be treated to canapés which HIT Training have supported apprentices to produce. The VIP event will be an opportunity for the shortlisted candidates to meet the sponsors of the awards as well as host, Steph McGovern.

Finalists for each of the 13 awards eagerly await the moment when the winners will be announced at West Midland Safari Park where they will be joined by businesses and guests who have secured tickets to this celebratory event. The categories will celebrate the achievements of those who support apprentices: schools, training providers and employers as well as the apprentices themselves.

Gary Woodman, Executive Director of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards is a fantastic way to recognise the hugely positive impact that the county’s apprentices have in the workplace.

“Thank you to all the apprentices who have contributed in ensuring that next week’s Awards is a memorable occasion. Thanks also to those who have sponsored the awards – I am sure it will be a brilliant evening that will inspire many more employers to provide apprenticeships.”

Cllr Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: “It is great to see our local apprentices’ involvement in the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards – the trophy is brilliant and shows real skill and precision engineering and I look forward to meeting those who have been involved in the event.

“This year’s awards promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s and I am looking forward to celebrating the success of our local apprentices, training providers, schools and employers.”

Steph McGovern, well known TV broadcaster and host for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015, said: “I would like to congratulate all finalists for their achievement in reaching this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards finals.

“The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards highlights how young people are benefitting from gaining the relevant skills, experience, knowledge and confidence needed for a successful career and future. It will be a pleasure to host this awards ceremony and recognise the success and dedication of the County’s apprentices, apprentice employers, schools and training providers.”

For a full list of the finalists for this year’s awards, and for more information on taking on an apprentice, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website. If you have any queries regarding the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, email awardsbookings@worcestershire.gov.uk or phone Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677 888.