500 guests attended the spectacular celebration ceremony which culminated in the crowning of seven apprentices and three employers as leading examples of Apprenticeships success on Merseyside. The glittering inaugural event was sponsored by the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) and held in the historic surrounds of St George’s Hall in Liverpool. Award-winning comedian Neil Fitzmaurice was the host for the evening.
Hundreds of applications
In the months leading up to the event, hundreds of applications were received for the 10 award categories, which covered six boroughs in the Liverpool City Region. The final crowned winners of the seven Apprentice of the Year awards were Alexander Faith (Halton), Jessica Whitehead (Knowsley), Annett Foldesi (Liverpool), Jessica Oates (Sefton), Dean Sankey (St Helens), Adam Hill (Wirral), and Gemma Parkinson (25 years and over category).
These seven Merseyside award winners, recognised for their hard work and progress, received their Apprenticeship training from GMLPF members Southport College, Mercia Partnership, St Helen’s College, Liverpool Community College, Intraining and Liverpool Chamber Training.
Award-winning Apprenticeship employers
The three employers recognised for going the extra mile to embed Apprenticeships within their organisations, and for supporting and encouraging their apprentices, were Jaguar Land Rover, Wirral Partnership Homes and Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport.
As a membership body that champions Apprenticeships and represents over 60 training providers who deliver them on Merseyside, GMLPF were ideally positioned to sponsor the first ever Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Awards.
Speaking at the event, GMLPF chief executive, Stan Pochron, said:
“GMLPF is delighted to sponsor this celebration of Apprenticeship talent on Merseyside. It’s been a real privilege to see the achievements of truly deserving young people, employers and training providers celebrated at such a high profile and dazzling event.
“Representing the region’s Apprenticeships providers, we’re very proud of how diligently our members work to help develop positive, productive and qualified young people like those recognised here tonight”, he continued.
“These apprentices, together with the support of forward-thinking employers like Jaguar Land Rover, Wirral Partnership Homes and Ramada Plaza Hotel Southport, are helping shape the growing success of our region.”
Apprenticeships on Merseyside
Last year, over 11,000 of Merseyside’s young people started an Apprenticeship. They were employed by local employers and supported closely by the region’s expert training providers who deliver high-quality, flexible Apprenticeships training to suit the needs of both employers and young people.
Apprenticeships are real jobs with training giving young people aged 16 and over the opportunity to earn, learn new skills and pick up industry recognised qualifications. They deliver results for businesses too, helping reduce training and recruitment costs, increase productivity, and develop a skilled, loyal workforce.
An ever-increasing number of local employers are committing to the Apprenticeships model as a way of growing their business. Next year’s Apprenticeships Awards promises to showcase more of these pioneering companies as well as another set of the region’s brightest and most ambitious young people.
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Winners and runners up
Halton Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old)
Winner: Alexander Fath (employer: Liverpool John Moores University; Training provider: St Helens College)
Runners up: Elly Campbell; Joe Elson
Knowsley Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old)
Winner: Jessica Whitehead (employer: Davey’s Chemist; Training provider: Intraining)
Runners up: Daniel Carroll; Mark Meadows
Liverpool Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old)
Winner: Annett Foldesi (employer: Onion Deli; training provider: Liverpool Community College)
Runners up: Sean Millican; Chelsea Carr
Sefton Apprentice of the Year (16- 24 years old)
Winner: Jessica Oates (employer: Storm Consultancy; training provider: Southport College)
Runners up: Craig Sharman; Wayne Dowling
St Helens Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old)
Winner: Dean Sankey (employer: St Helens Council; Training provider: St Helens College)
Runners up: Adam Carr; Daniel Crehan
Wirral Apprentice of the Year (16 to 24 years old)
Winner: Adam Hill (Employer: ProperGeeks, Training provider: Mercia Partnership)
Runners up: Eamee Boden, Sarah Brogan
Apprentice of the Year (over 25)
Winner: Gemma Parkinson (employer: Bridge Street Serviced Apartments, training provider: Liverpool Chamber Training)
Runners up: Katharine Conway; Thomas Bartley
Liverpool City Region Apprentice Employer of the Year (SME): Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport
Liverpool City Region Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large): Wirral Partnership Homes
Liverpool City Region Apprentice Employer of the Year (Macro): Jaguar Land Rover