Nominations are being invited for the first ever Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards.
Across the city region, many thousands of people are taking their first step on the employment ladder by training with local firms.
The awards will celebrate the star workers of tomorrow – and recognise employers who go the extra mile to provide support and encouragement for apprentices.
The Awards are open to apprentices and employers in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, and are sponsored by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation.
Councillor Nick Small, Liverpool’s Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best apprentices and the hard work they put in.
“There are so many people who just need a chance to prove themselves, and apprenticeships are a great way for them to gain skills and earn the right to compete for a permanent job.
“We are delighted that so many companies in the city region take apprenticeships seriously, and this is a chance for them to gain recognition for their commitment.”
There are 10 awards and three categories to consider. They are:
Category One –Apprentice of the Year (16-24) – there will be six individual awards for each borough
Category Two – Apprentice of the Year (Over 25) – one award with entrants from any of the six boroughs
In both of these categories, judges will be looking for examples of commitment, contribution, success and progress made by the nominated apprentice.
Category Three – Apprentice Employer of the Year – three awards for small, large and macro employers
In this category, judges are looking for the commitment that an organisation makes to its apprentices, how they ensure they have a good experience and how success is measured.
The event is sponsored by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation, which champions and supports over 50 Merseyside work based learning providers. Chief Executive Stan Pochran said: “The federation is delighted to sponsor this celebration of talented and capable apprentices on Merseyside and recognise the hard working quality providers and employers who support their apprentices’ professional achievements over the past year.”
Entries must be submitted by Friday 18 January 2013.
The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 March 2013 at the magnificent St George’s Hall in Liverpool, attended by 500 guests.