Lancashire firms bag apprenticeship titles

Companies and apprentices in Lancashire are celebrating after dominating at the prestigious regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 GroupThe awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, highlight business’ that develop talent through apprenticeships.

Working in partnership with Blackburn-based training provider Training 2000, Blackburn’s Partwell scooped the Medium Employer of the Year award whilst the WEC Group from Darwen walked away with the Large Employer of the Year trophy.

The Employer of the Year category winners will have the additional bonus of featuring in the City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which is due to be published at the end of 2014.

Ashley Bradburn, managing director at Partwell, said: "Young people have a strong desire to learn. By engaging with experienced staff who are keen to share their knowledge, the apprenticeship scheme has brought about an innovative, energised and flexible culture to our business."

Local apprentices were also recognised in their own right for making significant contributions to their workplaces, with Training 2000 students Sarah Underwood and Matthew Woodhouse achieving the accolade of Higher and Advanced winner respectively. Speaking of his achievement, Matthew said: “I am delighted. It shows that hard work and dedication can really bring success."