Apprenticeship Awards 2014
The search has now begun to find the Borough's most outstanding
apprenticeship employers and apprentices as the West Lancashire
Challenge launches the Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
Award applications are free to enter and
- West Lancashire Apprentice Employer of the Year Award
If you have an existing apprentice or training
provision/programme that you think works well for both the
apprentice and your business, then please nominate your company and
gain the recognition you deserve.
Apprentice Employer of the Year application form (Adobe PDF format,
- West Lancashire Apprentice of the Year Award
If you have an existing apprentice or an employee who has
completed an apprenticeship during 2013 or 2014, who you think has
exhibited the drive and enthusiasm to be awarded the West
Lancashire Apprentice of the Year Award 2014, then please nominate
this person and celebrate their achievement. Applications should be
made by the apprentice's employer, training assessor, parent
or guardian or a community worker who knows the e.g. a youth
All applications for the Apprentice of the Year Award 2014 will
be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini
which will be drawn at the event.
Apprentice of the Year 2014 application form (Adobe PDF format,
The awards ceremony will be taking place in March at the
Investment Centre (date to be confirmed) and offer a fantastic
opportunity for businesses to shine a spotlight on their success
stories within West Lancashire.
The awards give recognition for the hard work apprentices put
into excelling in their chosen field and recognise all the
employers who play a leading part in putting apprenticeships at the
heart of their organisation.
Places at the awards ceremony are free but must be booked in
advance. To register your free place visit
Downtown in Business (external link)
Application forms should be printed, completed,
scanned and emailed to email@example.com
or posted to Tracey Shaw, Economic Regeneration Team, West
Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby St, Ormskirk L39 2DF.
The West Lancashire Challenge
The West Lancashire Challenge aims to create
apprenticeships as well as training and work experience
opportunities within businesses, and increase participation in
The project, delivered by a core partnership of West Lancashire
Council for Voluntary Service, West Lancashire Borough Council and
West Lancashire College, is funded by central Government through
the West Lancashire Local Strategic Partnership.
The project has three main themes:
- Developing a ‘West Lancashire Passport’ to create a pathway for
learners and potential learners into employment
- Engagement with business to provide advice on how to create
apprenticeship, training and other employment positions for their
company; and to work with businesses to ensure potential employees
are ‘job ready’, and
- Encouraging volunteering, community engagement and
The West Lancashire Passport element, led by West Lancashire
College, will enable local people to set personal goals, log
progress and review their achievements. Achievement will be
supported and validated by partners and employers.
The business engagement side of the project, aims to promote
awareness of workforce solution products (i.e. apprenticeships,
internships and other training schemes). While the project cannot
fund such provision directly, it instead aims to provide advice and
guidance to local businesses on available apprenticeship and
training schemes and how to access them.
There are a number of benefits to businesses in creating
apprenticeship positions, with research showing that apprentices
increase company efficiency, product/service quality and create a
committed, talented and loyal workforce.
To demonstrate its own commitment to apprenticeships, the
Council has taken on two apprentices to work on the project. Their
own thoughts on apprenticeships are as follows:
“I have enjoyed my apprenticeship so much and continually
advanced business skills by taking on more and more
responsibilities within my role. I gained relevant experience
that has ensured I am well equipped to work within my current
role, at West Lancashire College".
Former Challenge Apprentice, West Lancashire Borough
“My apprenticeship taught me what it is like to work in a
business environment – I learnt new things everyday that
I couldn't do by simply hearing about them in a classroom.
Also, the work-based learning allowed me to gain an NVQ level 2 and
3 qualification on completion of my apprenticeship.”
Former Challenge Apprentice, West Lancashire Borough Council
There is also a volunteering and community development element
of the project, which is being led by the West Lancashire Council
for Voluntary Services. This includes encouraging volunteering
amongst young people and encouraging business leaders to take on
board level positions in the voluntary and third sector.
Who to contact
If you are interested in providing apprenticeship opportunities
within your business, or in any of the other schemes mentioned,
please contact the Challenge team on:
Tel: 01695 712555
Or complete the online: Business
Support Enquiry Form