Top apprentices win praise for hard work

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AWARDS have been handed out to the region’s most outstanding apprentices.

The National Apprenticeship Awards were held in Mortimer in Berkshire to honour the best apprentices from across the Solent region, as well as the Thames Valley and the south-west.

Winners included Kevin Haydock, Royal Naval Armaments Depot in Gosport, who was named City and Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.

Also honoured was William Jacobs, who won a Advanced Apprentice of the Year for his work at IBM.

National Apprenticeship Service director Sue Husband said: ‘Apprenticeships deliver for businesses, individuals and the economy.

‘They enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning. And for businesses, hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for them to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.’

Ms Husband said the awards gave talented apprentices and employers the recognition they deserved.

She said: ‘They not only help celebrate the achievements of apprentices and businesses, allowing them to gain the credit for investing in their own futures, but they drive up quality and encourage others to get involved.

‘The winners are the best of the best in the region and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.’

The awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: ‘A big congratulations to all the apprentices and employers in the Solent.’