Doncaster Chamber awards local apprenticesMarch 07, 2019Doncaster College & University Centre hosted an Apprenticeship Awards night to celebrate the success of their apprentices and their employers during the academic year 2018/19.
As proud sponsors, Doncaster Chamber presented the 'Business Support Apprentice of the Year Award' to Abbie Brierly at Hallcross Medical Practice, and Doncaster Skills Academy presented Narmila Singh from Doncaster School Meals, with the ‘Personal Achiever of the Year Award.’
Abbie, a Business Admin Apprentice, was praised by her employer for inspiring the team to perform a professional but personalised service to their patients. Narmila Singh, a mature apprentice doing a Level 2 Food Production and Cooking Apprenticeship, was described as being an inspiration to others in her helping and caring and modest about her work.
Andy Hibbitt, Education & Skills Director for Doncaster Chamber said: “As an employer of apprentices ourselves, we know how important they are to organisations of all sizes and sectors. Apprenticeship schemes provide the perfect opportunity for business and education to work together to skill up our future workforce. It was tremendous to hear at the Awards night about these apprentices’ achievements and how valued they are in their workplace.”
Doncaster Chamber and Doncaster Skills Academy work closely with skills and education providers, including Doncaster College & University Centre, and businesses to encourage understanding and participation with the Apprenticeship Scheme.
Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2016 and ongoing changes to the funding system, businesses have reported on the successes, challenges and lack of knowledge about how they can best engage with it. Doncaster Chamber is keen to meet with all local businesses, whether they are providing apprenticeships or not, to discuss ‘What are the successes and challenges of providing apprenticeships?’ at a Roundtable on Tuesday 21 May.
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