Apprentice recognition at annual award ceremony

apprenticeApprentices and employers from across Somerset have been recognised at the 2014 Somerset Apprenticeship Awards.

The ‘Grow Somerset Talent’ group, a collaboration of local colleges and training providers including Somerset Skills & Learning, co-hosted the ceremony at the Holiday Inn, Taunton, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The group has raised awareness of apprenticeships across Somerset through a series of successful campaigns.

Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall, presented the ‘New to Apprenticeships’ award to Somerset-based manufacturer of high-quality leathers, Pittards plc. Cllr Hall said: “It has been a pleasure to come along and present this award and highlight the fantastic work being done throughout the county by apprentices and the businesses that employ them.

“Employing an apprentice is good for business and the local economy. Apprentices are the future skilled workforce of Somerset and that is why we have made the creation of apprenticeships in Somerset one of our key priorities for future economic growth.”

The Grow Somerset Talent group also unveiled a cheque for £1,050,000 at the ceremony, representing the amount of money employers in the area had received in grants for recruiting apprentices.

The Apprentice Grant for Employers supports businesses to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme.

For more information about employing an apprentice or becoming one, phone Somerset Skills & Learning on 01278 426828 or email: busdevall@somerset.gov.uk.