Nominations wanted for Leeds apprenticeship awards

Leeds is set to host the second Apprenticeship Awards and is looking for nominations for the city wide event.

Over 14000 apprenticeships have been created in Leeds over the last two years, providing much-needed employment and training opportunities while helping the city’s employers bring in the skills they need to grow.

The Leeds Apprenticeship Awards highlight the work of excellent apprentices, those organisations who are committed to offering quality Apprenticeships, and those that champion Apprenticeships and the positive difference they make to the city.

Partners including Leeds City Council, Leeds College of Building, Leeds City College and the National Apprenticeship Service launched the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards 2013 this week, with the ceremony taking place at Leeds Banqueting Suite next March.

Individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit their entries before the closing date of 20 December 2012.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the apprentices, employers and learning providers who are making such a difference in the city, and at the same time getting the message across that apprenticeships are about much more than the traditional trades.

“We are absolutely committed as a council to doing all we can to support more apprenticeships across a wide range of professions in the city. Not only do they provide a hugely valuable experience for the apprentices themselves, but employers really like to take on and grow a motivated, talented apprentice who is looking to build a career in their organisation.

“With more and more young people are getting involved in apprenticeships, I am delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements of those already making the most of these opportunities in our city.”

At last year’s Apprenticeship Awards, Surgical Innovations were awarded the SME Employer of the Year in acknowledgement of their successful apprenticeship scheme.

Graham Bowlans, CEO of 2012 winner Surgical Innovations, said:

“Here at SI we understand the positive impact the younger generation has to offer and run a proactive apprenticeship scheme across the organisation to nurture this young talent. The scheme allows us to train apprentices to our exacting company standards and help towards combating the skills shortage throughout the manufacturing industry.”

Dawn Marshal, Divisional Nurse Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 2012 winner said:

‘’Apprenticeships have been in place at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 2010 and to date 323 have been recruited.

“Apprenticeships gives individuals who have no previous experience or academic qualification the opportunity to work in health care through the provision of up-to-date training in a supportive environment over a 1 year period as part of a clinical team. “

Short-listed individuals and organisations will be invited to attend the awards at the Leeds Civic Hall on the 12 March 2012. This coincides with National Apprenticeship Week and will be a prestigious event for the city.

To discover more, and how to enter for one of the award categories please visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/ApprenticeshipAwards2013  or email us at: LeedsApprenticeshipAwards@leeds.gov.uk.

Notes to editors:

The award categories are broken down as follows:

Apprentice of the Year (3 awards – Intermediate, Advanced and Higher)

Against All Odds

An award celebrating the learner who has overcome the most obstacles to excel within the apprenticeship and progress to better things..

Employer of the Year (3 awards – Small, Medium and Large)

Outstanding Contribution

Apprenticeship Ambassador


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk