Tameside College celebrate annual Apprenticeship Awards
Friday 3rd March 2017 @ 14:29 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

Tameside College celebrated their annual Apprenticeship Awards to launch National Apprenticeship Week this week.

Apprentices were nominated by their teachers for their outstanding performances and achievements during their apprenticeships.

Jackie Moores, the college’s Principal, said: “We are justifiably very proud of all of our apprentices, including the award winners who combine full-time work alongside study.

“They are our future business owners, designers, leaders, managers and engineers and I am delighted with their success. Apprentices make a significant contribution to the Greater Manchester economy and fill much needed vacancies locally and further afield.

“We work with fantastic employers who invest heavily in their apprentice’s training at work. A high quality apprenticeship is a very positive outcome for college leavers or adults and sets them up well, for their future chosen career.”

Cllr Kieran Quinn, executive leader for Tameside Council, welcomed apprentices to the awards ceremony.

He said: “As a council, we aim to improve skills and business growth by supporting apprenticeships. We have helped over 80 local businesses with grants to create opportunities for apprentices like those nominated so we’d like to thank the apprentices for allowing us to help them gain awards like this.”

The council has taken action to support businesses in creating the Tameside Business Grant for Employers and Tameside YES.

The business grant offers £1,500 to employers who recruit an apprentice between the ages of 16 and 24 and, to date, they have created 61 apprenticeships at level two and three.

The council is also reimbursing employers for six month’s salary if they employ Tameside residents aged 16-24 years not in employment, education or training as part of Tameside YES.

Award winner: Chloe Brown (right) with Cllr Ged Cooney

Cllr Ged Cooney presented awards to the proud and delighted apprentices as their names were called, along with a thoughtful citation of why each apprentice had been nominated.

Guests, which included Ashton MP Angela Rayner, enjoyed champagne as families, friends and employers came together to support the nominated apprentices.

Chloe Brown, who is Angela’s administrative assistant, said: “I wanted to gain a qualification as well as gain a physical insight into business.

“Being an apprentice is extremely rewarding as you are getting the experience as well as learning along the way.

“Angela is a fantastic role model and has been really supportive towards my development. She has gone above and beyond to teach me everything I need for my future career and is an outstanding employer.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an apprentice and would recommend Tameside College to any young learner.”

If you would like more information on apprenticeships at Tameside College, you can call 0161 908 6789 or visit www.tameside.ac.uk.