Apprentices celebrated in Liverpool

The winners of the prestigious Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards have been announced.

The night was a celebratory affair with some of the region’s most committed employers and most promising apprentices in attendance. Coinciding with the International Festival of Business, the 2014 Liverpool Region Apprenticeship Awards were bigger and better than 2013, with the event hoping to continue to grow from strength to strength.

Among the winners was 18 year old Bethany West (pictured), who was taken on at Florrie Tots in Dingle after they signed up to the Mayoral Youth Contract Apprenticeship Business Grant Initiative. She has now secured a permanent position after studying for a level 3 childcare apprenticeship.

She picked up The Peter McEvoy Award – introduced in memory of Peter McEvoy, chair of the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) between 2006 and 2013. It marks Peter’s dedication and commitment to helping the young people of Merseyside overcome personal difficulties to achieve success. She has also scooped a Bursary of £1000 from Peter’s wife Marilyn, while the two runners up get a £500 bursary.

Liverpool Apprentice of the Year was Jess Lowry, whose training provider is Mode Training, for her efforts at Thomas Slater.

The Over 25 Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Sheila Heyes, who trains at the Liverpool Chamber and was presented the award for her time at Liverpool Hope University.

Councillor Nick Small, cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “This was a fantastic event which celebrated the amazing work going on across Liverpool City Region by employers and apprentices.

“It is great to see some of our young people getting recognition for working so hard to carve out a career for themselves and getting the support they need to gain the skills necessary to succeed.”