Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce was delighted to join 25 of the county’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018.
The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 15 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midlands Safari Park, where the winners of each category were announced.
Hosted by BAFTA-nominated TV Presenter, Angellica Bell, all finalists were said to highlight the fantastic contribution that apprenticeships have made on Worcestershire’s businesses.
The Chamber was pleased to sponsor the Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category, and Sharon Smith, CEO, was delighted to award Evesham-based Buzz Electrical Ltd as the winner.
Success continued throughout the night for local firms, with Bethany Clayton from Chamber Member Morgan Advanced Materials being named as Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Southco Manufacturing Ltd.
Speaking of the accolade, Wendy Russell, HR Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials commented: “We are very proud of Bethany’s fantastic achievement winning the 2018 Worcestershire Apprentice of the year. As a local employer we are delighted to be involved in the national apprenticeship programme and look forward to developing our in-house apprentice scheme further in the future.“
The evening culminated with two overall awards of Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, which is sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd and Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Worcester Bosch, to recognise outstanding achievement.
The Chamber would like to congratulate its category winner, Buzz Electrical Ltd, who went on to win Apprenticeship Employer of the Year for 2018.
Steve Owens, Managing Director and Found of Buzz Electrical Ltd, said: “It was such an achievement for us to win these awards, to be recognised by our business counterparts for all the work we have put into our apprentices over the past 19 years.
“I started as an apprentice, at the age of 16, and I am now in a position to give the same chance as I had to as many young people as possible. The construction industry is in need of more young people to come into the industry, across all areas, hopefully this will help to raise the profile of apprenticeships within the construction industry and to show, how with hard work you can progress. I would like to thank Worcestershire Apprenticeships for the recognition they have given to us and all the other award winners.”
In further awards news, H&W Chamber of Commerce would also like to congratulate Megan Pearce, Events & Training Apprentice at the Chamber, who received Highly Commended for the Commerce Apprentice of the Year at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Group Training Association Awards on Wednesday 14 November.
The Chamber has been working hard to facilitate a greater collaboration between the worlds of business and education, enabling our next generation economies to be flexible and highly skilled.
In addition to the introduction of the Enterprise Advisers programme last year, the Chamber has been lobbying for an apprenticeship system that encourages increased participation in quality training by companies of all sizes, particularly SMEs, but also to make work experience mandatory for Year 10s and encourage work placements to be made part of teacher training.