It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and we were proud to kickstart the week at Wakefield College’s inaugural Apprenticeships awards ceremony at Unity Works.
Award winners at the glittering ceremony were joined by College staff, parents and local employers to celebrate the success of apprentices, recognising those who have shown hard work and commitment, both in their College work and in their workplace. Businesses that provide their apprentices with exceptional support and mentoring were acknowledged.
The event was attended by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield Metropolitan District, Councillor Harry Ellis and Mrs Janet Ellis, the Principal of Wakefield College, Sam Wright, and nominees in both ‘Employer’ and Apprentice’ categories.
Our very own Mark Scott was the MC for the night… and he has a few comments for you…
“Now is the dawning of a new age of Apprenticeships. They have become headline news, billed as the answer to both youth unemployment and the skills crisis. Apprenticeships are taken seriously now, just like they were in days of old.
“This is how is should be. New talent can really invigorate a company. Apprentices can work in a huge range of roles in a business and the businesses benefit just as much as the Apprentices themselves – the best way to predict the future is to create it.
“Whatever the history though, I believe now is the dawning of a new age of Apprenticeships.”