Young people and businesses in Birmingham have been shortlisted to receive awards as part of the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week [3-7 March].
South and City College Birmingham, which has been recently named as Birmingham's largest local provider of Apprenticeships, is celebrating the success and achievements of both apprentices and Apprenticeship employers at an awards evening which will be held at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel on Thursday 6 March.
16 awards will be given out on the evening, which will be hosted by Free Radio presenter Tom Ross. Alongside an overall Apprentice of the Year 2014, apprentices from eight different industry sectors will be named as Industry Apprentice of the Year; chosen for their attendance, time keeping, motivation, quality of work, attitude and work ethic.
Local businesses will also be recognised, with awards being given to large and SME employers for the valuable contribution they have made. The college's InBusiness network has organised the event, and Honorary President, Sir Doug Ellis OBE will be presenting awards during the evening to members of InBusiness who have provided exceptional student experiences, contributed to student learning or offered Apprenticeships and work placement opportunities.
Mike Hopkins, principal of the college said: "We have a whole range of events taking place during National Apprenticeship Week including a public jobs fair on Wednesday 5 March, visits to schools and the awards ceremony. We think it is not only important to raise awareness of how beneficial Apprenticeships are to young people to help them get their foot on the career ladder, but also how they can really help local businesses secure their workforce for the future.
"Congratulations to all the apprentices and businesses who have been shortlisted for their excellent work, and I wish them luck on the evening."
Tom Croxford, a professional chef Apprentice at Michelin star restaurant Purnell's in Birmingham said: "I am really proud to have been shortlisted as Apprentice of the Year for my industry. It has been hard work, but I think I have been given an excellent opportunity and I have learnt so much from working with Glynn Purnell and the other chefs in the kitchen. It has been a great experience and I love being part of the Purnell's team."
Alexandra Kustas, Skills and Apprentice Manager at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust added: "We are very pleased to have been shortlisted for this award. We have found apprentices incredibly beneficial to our business. They are eager to learn, hard working, adaptable and quickly become important members of the teams they work in. We are looking forward to attending the awards evening."
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, and is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
The college would like to thanks the generous sponsors of the event: City and Guilds, OCNWMR, National Express, PS Office Supplies, Morgan Hunt, Keepmoat, BMS Security, National Federation of Builders and Social Media Buz.
Shortlisted for business awards are:
Apprentice Large Employer Award 2014
Shortlisted companies: Kier, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and National Express.
Apprentice SME Employer Award 2014
Shortlisted companies: Unicorn Plastering Ltd, Eventmasters and the green house.
Apprentice InBusiness Employer Award 2014
Shortlisted companies: Subway, Red Rob Catering Supplies, British Military Security, Visual Security Services and Purnell's Restaurant and Bistro.
InBusiness Student Experience Employer Award 2014
Shortlisted companies: Vantage Toyota, Nigel Davey Films, and BPM Media.
InBusiness Student Contribution Award 2014
Shortlisted companies: Utopia Resourcing, Help Harry Help Others and Touchwood Training Centre.
And finally an InBusiness Student Ambassador Award 2014 will be given to an individual who has exceptionally represented South and City College and the InBusiness network.