The achievements of apprentices from across Greater Merseyside will be celebrated this summer at Liverpool City Region’s 2nd Annual Apprenticeships Awards. GMLPF returns as the main sponsor of the event, representing its many members who deliver high quality Apprenticeships across the region.
Hosted this year by Knowsley Borough Council, the 20 June ceremony is already shaping up to be bigger than last year, with more than 650 people expected to attend the event in an exquisite marquee on Lord Derby’s Estate.
Award categories are similar to last year – with an award for the Apprentice of the Year (aged 16 to 24) in each of the sub-regions: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, and a single regional Apprentice of the Year award for apprentices aged 25 or over.
New award category
This year also sees the introduction of a new award: the Peter McEvoy Award.This category is for 16 to 24 year olds who have overcome adversity to start their Apprenticeship and make significant progress. The young person should have recently completed their Apprenticeship, or be due to complete in 2014.
This award has been introduced in memory of Peter McEvoy, chair of Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) between 2006 and 2013. It marks Peter’s unparalleled dedication to supporting the young people of Merseyside, and in particular his resounding commitment to helping them overcome personal difficulties to achieve success.
For employers, there are awards for SME, large and macro Apprentice Employers of the Year, and for the first time, an award for the New Employer of the Year. This recognises employers who have recently started employing apprentices and are already seeing the benefits. Employers applying in this category should have recruited their first apprentice no earlier than 2013.
Outstanding apprenticeships provision
James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF (pictured above, left), says: “It is a very important event for our region. It brings the local community together to celebrate the talent and achievements of our hardworking local apprentices and the commitment shown by their employers.
“It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding resource of apprenticeships training provision we have available in the region, delivered by independent learning providers and colleges who work closely with employers to meet their needs as well as the needs of the apprentices.”
Liverpool based facilities management company and social enterprise Vivark is also sponsoring the 2014 awards.
Tony Cahill, (pictured above, right) executive director of business and service development at Vivark, says: “Vivark is proud to sponsor this year’s Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards because we firmly believe apprentices are a real asset to any business.
“Apprentices add value to communities by giving young people, who may not otherwise have had the opportunity, a route to start work. By creating these opportunities for young people, we can help boost their aspirations and give them the confidence to strive forward with their career.”
GMLPF urges its members to encourage their apprentices and employers to apply for an award before the closing date of 2nd May 2014.