Northampton College teams up with iconic shoemakers to celebrate apprentices

Northampton College has teamed up with iconic shoemakers Church’s to champion the workforce of the future and find the county’s best apprentice.

The best young talent in the county will be unearthed as part of the inaugural Northamptonshire Business Awards, with the college and Church’s joining forces to sponsor the coveted Apprentice of the Year category.

A total of 29 Northampton College students have already progressed through Church’s own apprenticeship programme, helping to fill a skills gap and ensure the talent pipeline in one of Northampton’s showcase sectors continues to flourish for generations to come.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal of Northampton College, said: “I am thrilled to have partnered with Church’s to sponsor this award, which will help celebrate the young people who are the future of the Northamptonshire economy.

“Apprenticeships are thriving locally, with major employers realising the benefits of investing in young people and students benefitting from being able to earn while they learn."

“The talent out there is incredible. Every day we hear from employers who are delighted at the difference our students are making to their business, bringing new ideas, new thinking and new ways of doing things. This award will champion their work and uncover a star of the future.”

The Northamptonshire Business Awards 2018 will recognise exceptional businesses and business people, from global companies based locally to exciting new ventures on the up. It will shine a spotlight on the hard working, talented teams in the county, the people who work hard for the community and those who inspire others.

Simon Hill, Training Manager at Church’s, said: “Apprenticeships are a key part of what we do. We’ve been delighted with the impact the 29 Northampton College students have had on our business and we look forward to continuing that partnership in the years to come.

“This award is an opportunity to celebrate the very best apprentices who are making a difference in businesses across the county.”

The Apprentice of the Year will have shown an outstanding willingness to learn and demonstrated an ability to rapidly progress within their organisation. They will have made a notable contribution and impact on the business, while having an enthusiastic and positive influence on the team.

Nominations are open from Friday, April 20 and the award will be presented at a lavish ceremony to be held at the County Ground in Abington Avenue, Northampton on November 15, hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr.

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