Southampton’s Apprenticeship Awards celebrates fantastic achievement of local Apprentices24th October 2016
Southampton’s Apprentices gathered to celebrate a year of outstanding achievements at this year’s Southampton Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held on Monday, 17 October at the O2 Guildhall.
This special occasion was attended by successful Apprentices along with their families, carers and friends, employers and training providers plus keynote speakers including representatives from Southampton City Council, Eastleigh College and City College Southampton.
Now in its second year, the event saw around 200 Apprentices awarded across a range of categories, including retail, engineering, construction, creative industries, accountancy, hospitality and the care sector. Apprenticeships support young people and existing employees through a programme aimed at developing their skill set leading to a skilled Southampton workforce.
Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:
“These awards showcase the outstanding talent of people in this city, and recognise the contribution that employers and training providers make towards developing the skills of Southampton’s apprentices.
The success of these apprentices is an inspiration to others, highlighting how their commitment and determination to succeed can transform their lives.”
Apprentices were presented with award certificates and recognition pin badges by David Moxon, Head of Apprenticeships at Southampton Solent University and the Right Worshipful Mayor, Cllr Cathie McEwing, who said:
“It was a real pleasure to be able to present the Apprentices with their certificates and see their sense of pride in having their achievements publicly recognised. It demonstrates the talent and hard work of local people at its best and sees training providers and employers across the city coming together to highlight the hard work of everyone involved.”
This ceremony was organised by Southampton City Council and supported by a number of sponsors, including Mountjoy, Carillion, Eastleigh College, Taylor Wimpey, Osborne, City College Southampton, Crest Nicholson, Hammersmith, The Mortgage Hut and Southampton Solent University who provided a post-awards reception in their new Spark Conference Centre.
The awards are part of the commitment of the Southampton Apprenticeships Action Plan, which seeks to ensure that Southampton’s young people can access a wide range of high quality apprenticeships and that Southampton employers can recruit and develop the talent they need to grow their businesses.
Southampton's Apprenticeship Awards celebrates fantastic achievement of local Apprentices