Kirklees Apprentices climb to new heights

The first Kirklees Apprenticeship Hub Awards took place on Tuesday 14 July 2015 at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.

The awards mark the achievement of apprentices working or living in Kirklees.  The apprentices were nominated by their employer or learning provider because of their commitment, hard work and achievements whilst being an apprentice.

The awards also recognise businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to their apprenticeship programme and the young people they employ.

Apprenticeships are essential to the Kirklees economy and can be found in businesses both large and small.  They provide an immediate solution to staff shortages, bring enthusiasm, new skills and commitment to their employer’s business. They are proven to help businesses grow and be invaluable to succession planning.

The event is was held at the New Huddersfield Leisure Centre and included a buffet and networking session before the awards were presented to the winners by the council’s director of place Jacqui Gedman and cabinet member for place Cllr Peter Mcbride.

Cllr Peter McBride,Cabinet member for skills and jobs said:

“It is only right that our apprentices are recognised for the contribution they make not only to their employers business but to the whole Kirklees economy.  We hope that these awards will help raise the profile of apprenticeships and demonstrate the high calibre of young people that can be employed through this route.  The achievement of these young people also show that apprenticeships are a valuable alternative to other career pathways.’

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all the apprentices and businesses who have won an award.”

Some of the young people are not only climbing to the top of their chosen career,  following the awards ceremony they took part in a half hour climbing wall session. This was a fantastic opportunity for award winners to scale Huddersfield Leisure Centre’s state of the art climbing wall – the session was kindly been provided by Huddersfield Climbing Centre.

Meet our amazing apprentices

Callum Parkinson – Apprenticeship Achievement of the Year Award

Callum is employed by CuApprentice award - callummmins Turbo Technologies. He’s exceptionally organised and takes both his work role and apprentice qualification very seriously and is committed to trying to improve and progress within the company.  One of his greatest achievements was redesigning cross company management system to track the progress of work projects against deadlines.

Max Berry –  Apprenticeship Achievement of the Year Award

Max BerryMax works for Longwood Engineering.  His dedication to the company over the years have been second to none and his record of achievements and the work he has produced have been exemplary. He has progressed rapidly within the company over a short space of time, showing a high learning capacity and his attention to detail and quality of work have been excellent. He shows continued determination to develop his skills and knowledge of the industry and the company.

Johanna Green – Ambassador of the Year Award

Johanna GreenJohanna works for KC Communications and has been a real ambassador for the apprenticeship route. She’s spoken at events, volunteered to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador and offered to write an apprenticeship blog. The commitment she has shown to her apprenticeship and company show other businesses what an apprentice can be. She views her apprenticeship as a realistic career opportunity and as such gets involved wherever and in whatever she can.

Matthew Hepworth – Apprenticeship Champion of the Year Award

Matthew HepworthMatthew works for the council. He’s always willing to champion the apprenticeship role  and has taken part in a TV webcast promoting apprenticeships and actively promoted National Apprenticeship week. He embodies everything that is good about apprentices – someone whose willing to work hard to improve his professional development and gain the skills, qualifications and experience and is willing to actively promote this route of development to others.

Mica Samuels – 19+ Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award

Mica SamuelsMica is employed by  Alice’s Kitchen and Bakeware. She  started at 17 years old and by the age of 19 she had been promoted to the role of manager. The owner has now decided to give her complete control of the business.  She’s a highly organised young woman who takes everything in her stride. Since Mica has taken over the business has flourished, doubling in size from three units to six and is one of the most successful businesses in the market.

Shannon Smith – 16-18 Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award

Shannon SmithEmployed by Joker 666 Shannon is a young lady who has really grown and developed on her apprenticeship. The contribution she has made has been astonishing – helping take the business from making a loss into a successful profitable business, she has introduced the use of social media and created new promotions.  She is now doing an advanced apprenticeship and  has been given more responsibility and taken over some of the management duties

Sophie Parkin – 19+ –  Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

Sophie ParkinSophie is employed by Orean Personal Care Ltd. She has already been promoted within the business to the role of Project Manager after being taken on as a customer service representative at the business. She has shown herself to be well organised,  customer focussed, good at time management and has particularly shone with regards to quality control. She has shown, commitment, hard work and perseverance.

Longwood Engineering Company Ltd – Apprentice Employer of the Year 2015

Longwood Engineering

Longwood Engineering take pride in being an organisation that encourages growth in its employees. They actively recruit talented young people from local schools and colleges.  They have a system of progression based on merit, supported by apprentice training plans, in house guidance from team managers and apprentice training contracts with accredited training institutions.  This puts the trainees in a position to gain qualifications and ultimately become fully-qualified employees.Apprentice Awards - Lonwood

Over the years they have recruited many mechanical and electrical apprentices and where possible they have encouraged them to enhance their skills and work towards promotion within the company.

Many apprentices have stayed with Longwood Engineering after completing in their course and have taken other training initiatives on board for further promotions.

Also recognised were:

Interior Goods Direct  and KC Communications



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