A growing number of people are developing their skills at work through an Apprenticeship and recent changes to the funding have added further momentum. Apprenticeships are benefitting the business community as it is seen as an effective way of bridging the skills gap, developing talent through work and improving productivity.
The awards focus on celebrating the success of Apprentices and Trainees and appreciating the key roles that good employers play when it comes to developing the skilled workforce of the future. The Apprentices’ Employer or Assessor made nominations for the awards and the nominees were then judged on feedback from the employer, taking into account the quality of their work and ability to adapt to a working environment.
Awards were also available for excellence in Traineeships, acknowledging the importance that they have when providing a stepping-stone to Apprenticeships. There were also a number of other awards for employers who and support Apprenticeships in Boston and South East Lincolnshire.
The event was held at Boston College’s Sam Newsom Centre and offered awards in the following Apprenticeship areas; Accounting, Retail and Business, Animal Care and Science, Catering and Hospitality, Computing and Engineering, Construction, Joinery and Plumbing, Early Years and Teaching, Electrical, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care and Motor Vehicle.
Prizes on offer to those nominated included medals, certificates, vouchers, tools and equipment. There was also a special award for the ‘Apprentice of the Year 2017’. To which the title was awarded to Kelsey Daw, an Apprentice at Strands of Spalding, for the success and recognition in her role Kelsey received a £50 voucher and a personal trophy.
George Bell, Boston College Employer Engagement Manager, said “The nominations for our first Apprentice Awards Event picked up on so many of the reasons Apprenticeships work so well, both for the businesses that employ them and the Apprentices themselves. The winners demonstrated a great work ethic, resilience, ambition and achievement – suggesting our future is in good hands. I’m really grateful for the sponsorship from the Federation of Small Businesses, which served as the catalyst for this special Apprentice event and for the support of so many Apprentice-employers, both large and small, who came to cheer on their award-winning Apprentices.”
If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice at Boston College please use the above course listings to find out more.