The Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards were celebrated in a new virtual manner with broadcasts across three days for the first time ever this month.
Worcestershire gathered in droves to celebrate the 2021 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards with more than 600 views across the three-day celebrations from November 16-18, marking the 2021 awards as the most engaged in the history of the popular local celebration.
Eight winners were announced at the awards, with Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year named as Eleanor Steel, and Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year given to Platform Housing Group.
As well as celebrating the success of apprenticeships during the past 18 months, the award broadcasts featured key updates from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire County Council and other partners on the challenges caused by the past 18 months and what action needs to be taken to support businesses and create the county’s future workforce.
The awards were held against the backdrop of current recruitment challenges facing many organisations across the country, with reports that businesses were struggling to recruit new staff through external methods. However, 2021 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, Platform Housing Group is a leading example of how using apprenticeships as part of a clear succession plan can not only support the business to grow, but also its personnel.
Platform Housing Group has embedded a clear apprenticeship strategy within its business which not only helps to train and bring in new talent, but also works to upskill and development their middle and higher-level staff. This works to improve retention and productivity for the organisation.
Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 2021 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. There are so many people and organisations involved in making apprenticeships a success in the county and I am pleased we were able to recognise and celebrate that effort.
“It was fantastic to be back shining a light on the value that apprenticeships provide and how they are a vital route to enhance an organisation or career.”
Councillor Marc Bayliss, cabinet member with responsibility for economy and skills, said: “This year’s awards were yet another example of how apprenticeships are benefiting the lives of businesses and people across the county.
“Well done to all the finalists and winners of this year’s awards as their dedication and hard work over the last year has been exceptional and I hope will inspire others to recognise the value of apprenticeships.”
The broadcast episodes have now been made available on demand so that those unable to join live can watch back and recognise the achievements of the best the county has to offer.