The finalists in the inaugural Ladder for Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards have been revealed.
Judges deliberated more than 100 nominations across 12 different categories including, for our overall Birmingham Apprentice of the Year.
The event takes place on July 4 at Edgbaston Stadium.
The new awards are part of the wider Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign launched last year to create 1,000 new apprenticeships across Birmingham and Solihull.
The Ladder initiative is run by community development group; The Vine Trust and training provider Performance Through People, with funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network, with BirminghamLive as media partner.
Kevin Davis, chief executive of The Vine Trust and chair of the Ladder campaign said:
We have been overwhelmed by both the volume and standard of entries to our first ever Ladder for Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards.
“The breadth of nominations shows that apprenticeships are extremely vibrant in the Greater Birmingham area and employers, training providers and educational institutions are embracing the potential they offer.
“I am a huge advocate for vocational training and qualifications and this has been borne out by the rise I have seen in employers embracing the apprenticeship route in recent years.
“I congratulate all of the finalists and look forward to meeting them at the awards in July.”
Chris Loughran, Deputy Chair at GBSLEP added:
The Ladder for Greater Birmingham Awards is a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise our apprentices, and employers across the region who support them.
“Apprenticeships are vital in developing a workforce with both the technical and soft skills required to drive sustainable economic growth.
“The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP is committed to supporting schemes that both upskill the local population and increase the talent pool available to local businesses.
“We look forward to congratulating the winners and sharing their success stories so that others may benefit from apprenticeships schemes.”
The full shortlist:
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Health, Education and Care (Public or Private sector), sponsored by Skillsfirst
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Construction
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Public and Charitable sector
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Engineering and Manufacturing
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Financial and Business Services, sponsored by SuperMeal
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Digital and Creative Services
NB: Birmingham Apprentice of the Year will be chosen from the six category winners above
Small Employer of the Year (1-50), sponsored by Co-Eng
Medium Employer of the Year (51-249), sponsored by BCT
Large Employer of the Year (250+)
Birmingham Apprenticeship Training Provider
Schools Engagement Award, sponsored by Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network
Many of the judging panel attributed their success to being former apprentices themselves.
Joining chairman Mr Davis was Steve Burnet from BCTG, Fraser Ingham from Skillsfirst, Anna Jeys from BirminghamLive, Isa Mutlib from Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network, Tina Patel from Supermeal and Thomas Wooldridge from Co-Eng.
To learn more about the Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign to create 1,000 new apprentices visit www.ladderforbirmingham.co.uk and visit www.reachplcevents.com for more details about our Apprenticeship Awards including sponsorship opportunities and to buy tickets.