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Pinsent and Cox On Hand To Support Apprentices

Four-time Olympic Gold medalist Sir Matthew Pinsent and his Gold medal winning cox Garry Herbert are due to host the national Apprenticeship Awards at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel on June 16th. This initiative was spearheaded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), established in 2001 for the planning and funding of further education at a national, regional and local level.

By 2010, the LSC aims to make British young people and adults as skilled as their global counterparts, a venture contributed to by the national Apprenticeship Awards which recognises the employers who have been exceptional in developing the skills of young people through Apprenticeships.

This year the awards contain a new category for micro-businesses employing between one and nine people, as well as recognising companies of varying sizes. These are assessed on a number of criteria including how well a program has been implemented, the level of support give to an apprentice through their organisation and a clear demonstration of how Apprenticeships have benefited a business. There are also personal Achiever Awards for those in the 16-18 and 19-24 age categories, given to those who have exceeded expectations and brought their business measurable benefits.

Last year’s winner of employer of the year was Lancashire company Forbes Solicitors. A spokesperson enthused about their good relationship with the Government initiative Connexions and said “We recruit high quality young people with qualifications that provide a foundation for their development at Forbes. This ensures that we have access to young people of a very high calibre.”

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This years awards are being sponsored by British Gas, BT, Skills for Business and City & Guilds and for more information or to apply for an award visit Apprenticeship Awards

Angharad Fletcher

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