Skills Awards 2013
The Lincolnshire and Rutland Skills Awards is an annual competition that celebrates vocational and work-based learning.
The Awards are organised by the Lincolnshire & Rutland Employment and Skills Board, the Work-Based Academy and Lincolnshire County Council, with support from a range of local organisations.
Categories include Employer of the Year and Apprentice of the Year and applicants must demonstrate commitment to excellence in skills development.
Free tickets to the final event are provided to 3 finalists from each Award category.
The final event takes place on 25th April 2013, in Lincoln.
Entry forms must be received by 6pm on Monday 28th January 2013.
First College is a Work Based Learning Provider based in the East Lindsey District of Lincolnshire and keen to be involved in the local Skills Awards.
Business Manager, Ian Dickinson, says "An important part of our non-profit making business is to provide Apprenticeships for local people in the areas of Business Administration, Accounts, Management, Customer Service, Early Years Care and Hospitality. The Lincolnshire & Rutland Skills Awards celebrate the success of all of our local learners and employers and demonstrate the quality of learning provision available.
"The success or otherwise of Apprenticeships is vital in up-skilling the workforce and the impact that this has on local business and prosperity generally. There are tough targets, rightly so, for achievement rates relating to Apprenticeships which keep us very busy so sometimes it’s good to step back a little and celebrate the success of individuals undertaking training and those involved in the process."
First College have found getting involved with the Lincolnshire & Rutland Skills Awards a very positive experience as it provides a platform to openly celebrate success which is vital to the overall future of such programmes.
Ian continues "Having attended last year’s event the most noticeable aspect was how pleased and proud those receiving recognition as nominees or winners of awards were. Many were accompanied by family and friends and this promotes learning generally. I would encourage all learning providers and employers to get involved in this event to celebrate real success that changes people’s lives."