The first ever Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards launched on Monday 17th September 2018 at 10am. Accompanied by a social media thunderclap, the awards were launched at the Berkshire Apprenticeship Hub which is hosted at the Aspire Centre by Slough Aspire and The Windsor Forest Colleges Group. 
The Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards are part of a collaboration with Thames Valley Berkshire LEP to champion Apprenticeships and Skills in Berkshire. Apprenticeships raise productivity, increase employee engagement and provide a vital solution to company skills gaps but currently just 6% of workplaces in Berkshire have apprentices as part of their staff. With the launch of the Awards, the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service is raising the profile of apprenticeships by inviting apprentices, employers and training providers to nominate themselves and showcase their amazing achievements. 
Fiona Jones, Chief Executive of Slough Aspire, explains “Apprenticeships are a fantastic route for anyone looking to develop new skills and embark on a new career. We have launched the Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards to highlight the positive impact Apprentices are having in businesses across Berkshire, to encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships and to raise the benefits of being an apprentice with parents and educators. We are excited to be working with the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP on this fantastic event for Berkshire’s businesses.” 
Brilliant businesses already making a difference have sponsored the awards including Honda, AWE, Arvato UK & Ireland and ECITB. While the judging pool draws from professionals across a wide range of industries including; Dominic Gill of Microsoft; Paul Reilly of Peter Brett Associates; Julie McCallum of CA Technologies; Ken Sankey of Ken Sankey Associates; 
Julian Carter of CoTrain; Tamsin Jones of Mars Wrigley Confectionary UK; Andrew Colley of Slough Observer, Newsquest Bucks and Berks; Vanessa Foot CPEA of The Romans Group; and, Keith Guthrie of Sainsbury's. 
Kate Webb, CEO of The Windsor Forest Colleges Group said “We are delighted to support this important event. The Awards will celebrate the achievements of Berkshire’s best apprentices and the employers, colleges and training providers who support them.” 
Apprentices, their Employers, and Training Providers are invited to apply to these 9 Categories: 
Star Achiever Apprentice 
Best Young Ambassador Apprentice 
Best Adult Apprentice 
Best External Training Provider 
Best In-House Training Provider 
Best Education-based Apprenticeship Promotion Initiative 
Best Apprentice Employer (non-levy payer) 
Best Apprentice Employer (levy-payer) 
Star Apprentice Manager 
From all the winners an overall Berkshire Apprentice of the Year and Berkshire Apprentice Employer of the Year will be selected. 
For more details on the Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards, please visit, call 01753 793370 or email 
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