The search is on to find West Lancashire's most outstanding employers and apprentices as the West Lancashire Challenge presents the Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
The awards recognise the hard work apprentices put into excelling in their chosen field and recognise the employers who put apprenticeships at the heart of their organisation.
Now is the time for businesses to apply. Award categories are free to enter and include:
If your company has 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.
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.
Councillor Adrian Owens, portfolio holder for Housing (Finance), Regeneration and Estates, said: “I would encourage businesses with apprentices to make sure they enter these awards. This will be a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on their business. Firms that take part will show they are leading the way for other businesses thinking about taking on an apprentice.”
Application forms can be downloaded from West Lancashire Challenge. The closing date is Friday 21 March.
Everyone who is nominated for the Apprentice of the Year award will be entered into a free prize draw to win an iPad mini, provided by the West Lancashire Challenge, which will be drawn at the event.
The awards will be presented at a free Downtown in Business breakfast event on Friday 4 April 8.30am-10.30am at the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club.
The event will also feature guest speaker Max Steinberg CBE, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, who will explore the opportunities that the forthcoming International Festival of Business can open to the West Lancashire business community.
You will find out first-hand what the benefits will be to you, your businesses and the local economy. Places at the event are free but must be booked in advance. To register visit West Lancashire Challenge.