Search to find top apprentice champion

EMPLOYERS and apprenticeships from across Hartlepool and east Durham are urged to put themselves forward for national recognition.

The search is now on to find the country’s top apprenticeship and training champions, as the National Training Awards and National Apprenticeship Awards join forces for the first time.

Both Awards, which are run by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), are now open for entries to compete to be named ‘the best of the best’ on a regional and national level.

John Hayes, Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister, said: “These awards offer a great platform for young people and employers to gain recognition.”

The National Training Awards is looking for entries from organisations that have delivered outstanding training programmes.

At the same time, the National Apprenticeship Awards is looking for the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers and apprentices.

This year the winners will have the honour of celebrating their success together at Europe’s largest skills and careers event; The Skills Show – at the NEC Birmingham on November 14.

Sue Price, divisional director for apprenticeships in the north for NAS, said: “The awards recognise the crucial role skills play in helping individuals develop fulfilling careers, driving competitiveness and fuelling economic growth.”

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Entries close on Friday, May 25.