National Apprenticeship Awards
Business owners have less than one month left to enter the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) National Apprenticeship Awards, which recognise employers that have successfully used apprenticeships to add value to their business.
The LSC has urged employers to apply if they have used apprenticeships in their business, whether for training their workforce to encourage new, innovative ways of working.
Businesses that have seen improved performance levels or increased productivity by using apprenticeships are also encouraged to apply.
The awards include five categories, with two aimed specifically at small firms. Businesses with nine employees or less can enter the Micro Employer of the Year category, while the Small Business of the Year is open to firms employing between 10 to 49 employees.
Winners will benefit from publicity in the media and a special endorsement mark to use in their marketing activities.
Forum of Private Business director of human resources Nick Palin said:
“Apprenticeships can be the route to develop the skilled, knowledgeable staff base required by small firms. Businesses that benefit from apprenticeship schemes should come forward and apply for these awards and tell their stories to others.”
A national winner will be announced in each award category at the awards ceremony in London on 9 July 2009. The deadline for entries is 27 February.
For more information about the awards and to apply online, visit the Apprenticeship Awards webpage or call the Awards Helpline on 0800 954 88 96