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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Let’s talk Apprenticeship Awards

West Lancashire’s top apprentices and the employers who invest in apprenticeships had their achievements recognised at the 2016 Let’s talk Apprenticeship Awards.

More than 70 people from the private, public and community sectors enjoyed the apprenticeship awards and business growth breakfast at West Tower, Aughton on Thursday 10 March 2016. The event was organised by West Lancashire Borough Council.

The guest speaker was Joycelyn Neve, founder of the Seafood Pub Company, who talked about how she has successfully grown her business and the importance of apprentices to the company. The Town Green Brasserie in Aughton is the latest of a number of venues run by the company.

The awards were then introduced by Councillor Frank McKenna, Economic Development Champion for West Lancashire Borough Council. He spoke about the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses and individuals before presenting the following awards:

Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award

  • Winner:  Rhys Aspinall – SCA Hygiene Products Ltd.
  • Highly Commended: Roisin Sweeney – Face for Business
  • Highly Commended:  Nicola Glover – Mellors Catering Services Ltd.      

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award

  • Winner: Jack Baybutt – The Cashroom Ltd
  • Highly Commended: Portia Taylor-Black – West Lancashire Borough Council
  • Highly Commended: Corey Leith – Timber Packaging Solutions Ltd.
  • Highly Commended: Kirsty Shire – Portico Nursery Group

Large Employer of the Year Award

  • Winner: SCA hygiene Products Ltd.        

SME Employer of the Year Award

  • Winner: Face for Business
  • Highly Commended: The Cashroom Ltd.     
  • Highly Commended: Timber Packaging Solutions Ltd.
  • Highly Commended: Trak Rap Ltd.                            

Sara Parker, marketing manager at Face for Business, said: “We are beyond thrilled with our awards. We’re strong advocates of apprenticeship schemes and this proves that if you match the right person with the right employer, you will reap the benefits. Roisin has proved to be the right person for our business and has responded well to development. It’s been a joy for the whole team to help and nurture her. We’re all delighted with today’s awards. We’re also grateful to West Lancashire Borough Council for their support and assistance and are pleased to be involved with such a proactive council.”

Councillor McKenna said:  “Congratulations to all the companies and apprentices who won awards at the Let’s talk Apprenticeship Awards 2016.

“I’m pleased to say that this year saw a record amount of applications and standards were extremely high and I hope that this will be repeated in future years. So many people from such a wide range of businesses came along to make this special event so successful.

“The apprentice winners have demonstrated commitment to their roles, exceeded expectations and shown inspirational qualities to succeed at work. The winning employers demonstrated a true commitment to developing their workforce through apprenticeships and proved there are real business benefits to be gained.”

The event was also a great opportunity for people to find out about business support currently available, including finance and how the Council’s Economic Regeneration team can help.   If you’re interested in apprenticeships or looking for support to help you become an apprenticeship employer including grants to take on an apprentice, please contact Tracey Shaw, Business Engagement Officer,  on 01695 712555 or email tracey.shaw@westlancs.gov.uk.

The Economic Regeneration team can also offer additional support to your business such as signposting to finance; bespoke land and commercial property searches plus much more. To find out how you may be able to benefit visit business, call 01695 712692 or email info.edu@westlancs.gov.uk.

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