Here at the North East LEP we recognise the value and importance of apprenticeships in helping to deliver more and better jobs for the North East.
It’s a core part of our Economic Plan and something we feel will help drive economic growth and improve skills within the LEP area.
The North East LEP is sponsoring next week’s North East Apprenticeship Awards, which take place at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, on Thursday 15 October.
Part of the National Apprenticeship Awards, the North East ceremony will recognise and celebrate excellence in businesses that grow their own talent through apprenticeships and the apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
Now in its 12th year, the North East Apprenticeship Awards is an opportunity for businesses in the LEP areas to showcase the benefits gained from an ongoing commitment to apprenticeships. It also puts apprentices themselves in the spotlight by recognising the impact they have on their place of work.
Winners at the North East Apprenticeship Awards will go on to the National Awards and the opportunity to compete as a National Apprenticeship Employer of the Year finalist. The national awards take place on 26 January 2016 at Grosvenor House, London.
Categories at this year’s North East Apprenticeship Awards include Newcomer SME Employer of the Year, Large Employer of the Year, Intermediate Apprentice of the Year and Apprenticeship Champion of the Year. Nominated businesses and apprentices have fought off competition from thousands of other entrants to reach the regional final.
Follow our twitter account @northeastlep this week to see who from the North East is in the running at this year’s Awards. We’ll be live tweeting on the night too.
For more information about the National Apprenticeship Awards, visit www.apprenticeawards.co.uk or follow the hashtag #NAA15 on twitter.