Some of the North West’s top apprenticeship providers were yesterday (13 Oct) hailed at the regional heat of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.
The awards were split into two categories involving companies from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire and another for businesses from the Liverpool City Region, Cumbria and Lancashire.
Among the winners from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire were RealityMine (Newcomer SME of the Year) and Softcat (Newcomer Large Employer of the Year).
Other winners included River Canal Rescus (Medium Employer of the Year), Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited (Large Employer of the Year) and Barclays (Macro Employer of the Year).
As for the Liverpool City Region, Cumbria and Lancashire, winners included Denise Thomas Hair Salon and Barber Shop (Small Employer of the Year), WEC Group Ltd (Large Employer of the Year), Unilever (Macro Employer of the Year) and Jobs, Friends & Houses CIC (Newcomer SME of the Year).
Skills and apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon, said: “Apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity, giving young people and adults the chance they deserve to get on and fulfil their potential.
“Congratulations to everyone that has taken part in the National Apprenticeship Awards so far and the winners representing the North West.
“They have demonstrated just how much businesses and learners can gain from an apprenticeship.”
The awards now in their 13th year, showcase many success stories and the benefits of apprenticeships across England.
The winners will now go on to attend the national finals early in 2017 at Grosvenor House, London, where the UK’s very best apprenticeship schemes will be named.