Last Updated: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Celebrating Apprenticeships!

Plans are underway for North Lindsey College in preparation for their annual apprenticeship awards ceremony 2017.

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th) will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the College has arranged a whole week of activities involving employers and apprentices to celebrate the success of their apprenticeships including the annual apprenticeship awards ceremony.  The event will be presented by special guest speaker, Ellis Stewart, by his own admission an accidental but highly acclaimed motivational public speaker having stumbled into this arena completely by chance through his exploits in mountaineering.

In 2014 and again in 2015 he survived the two worst disasters in the history of Mount Everest climbing whilst attempting to reach the summit of the mountain. He uses his experiences out on the mountain in Nepal as the basis by which to deliver a highly engaging and inspirational tale of hope over adversity and tragedy.

Fifteen awards will be presented sponsored by employers including: Howarth Timber Windows and Doors, British Steel, G. S. Kelsey Ltd, Schwarzkopf, Imperial Commercials, CR Parrott Consultants Ltd, R J Coleman, Bradbury Group, Elite Care Solutions Ltd, Halfords Trade, Howarth Timber Windows and Doors, R J Coleman, Switched Positive Electrical Contractors Ltd, Ongo Recruitment and The Bank Hairdressing.

Other events taking place that week include back-to-the floor - which will see managers going back to their roots shadowing apprentices in the workplace, an Apprenticeship Open event (9th March) for individuals interested in apprenticeships, and a social media takeover by apprentices. The College has also set itself the ambitious target of recruiting 100 apprentices in 100 days which it achieved the previous two years in a row. 

College staff find the National Apprenticeship Week a great opportunity to raise the profile of apprenticeships and Jill Cooper, Business Development Director, says ‘In three years we have seen the number of apprentices each year grow from just over 300 to over 900, we have seen substantial growth and interest in apprenticeships from both employers and individuals. With the largest number of higher apprenticeships in the region we are also seeing businesses and managers using apprenticeships to develop themselves and their staff in more senior and technical roles. With funding changes in May, now is the time particularly for small to medium sized businesses to recruit.’

All events will seek to encourage more people to choose apprenticeships as a route to a great career and employers to use apprenticeships to develop their existing workforce and to recruit new talent into the business.


For further information, please contact Emma Doyle in the Marketing Team on 01724 709309.