Hospitality businesses that are using apprenticeships to improve their performance have just one week left to enter the national Apprenticeship Awards for a chance to boost their reputation.
Organised by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the Apprenticeship Awards seek to recognise the best businesses in the UK that are successfully using apprenticeships for their own benefit, and to demonstrate the importance of training programmes in the workplace.
All businesses are eligible to enter one of five categories: Micro (1-9 employees); Small (10-49 employees); Medium (50-249 employees); Large (250-4,999 employees); and Macro (over 5,000 employees). All entrants will be assessed on the implementation of their apprenticeship programme, how apprenticeships have benefited their business, and the level of support they provide their own apprentices.
Apprentices themselves can also enter the awards in three specific categories: Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year, and Young Apprentice of the Year.
Chris Banks, Chair of the Learning and Skills Council said: “In the current economic climate, it is crucial to recognise the importance of training programmes such as Apprenticeships. These awards offer companies a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the business benefits of employing apprentices.”
Entries can be made through www.apprenticeships.org.uk/awards where further information is also available. The deadline for all entries is 17 February, and winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Old Billingsgate on 16 July.