Business leaders honoured

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Glasses were raised this week as St Helens Chamber hosted a celebration of the exceptional accomplishments of the Apprentices they train and the businesses who employ them, as part of the National Apprenticeship Week celebrations.

Apprentices and local businesses were invited to this special event which took place on Tuesday evening (March 7) at St Helens Rugby Stadium, sponsored by Parkside LLP, to be presented with their certificates by Saints skipper Jon Wilkin.

Five awards were presented to the Apprentices and businesses for their commitment and success throughout 2016.

Joanne Abraham, Workforce Development Manager at St Helens Chamber, said: “Last year over 300 people completed Apprenticeships delivered by St Helens Chamber, employed at over 200 businesses, so all the shortlisted nominees fought off stiff competition.

“Reading all the nomination forms and finding out about what a valuable contribution the apprentices make in their businesses was a real privilege for both me and the rest of the judging panel and it certainly made our decisions very difficult.

“As a Chamber we are delighted to be able to host the awards and really celebrate Apprenticeships.”

Awards were presented to:

Olivia McGilvray from Parish Primary School – Winner of Apprentice of the Year in the 16-18 age category

Sarah Mea from Brown’s Short Break Respite - Winner of Apprentice of the Year in the 19+ age category

Steven Marsh from Ruskin Leisure - Winner of Learner Journey of the Year

Doris Melling from Berkley House - Winner of Mentor of the Year.

Fibre Drums Ltd – Winner of Business of the year

Rordon Douse, Operations Director at Fibre Drums Ltd, said; “We were delighted to receive the Business of the year award.

“Working in partnership with the Chamber over the last few years has been extremely rewarding, particularly in developing both new and existing staff.

“During the last five years, we have been able to introduce six Apprentices from the Chamber all of whom remain with our business to date. During this period, we have worked together and developed both their academic and vocational skills through the programmes available from the Chamber.

“I would like to thank the staff from both Fibre Drums and the Chamber who have mentored our employees throughout our relationship. We will be looking to build on this success over the coming years.

“Our congratulations go out to the four other companies who were nominated for this prestigious award. We would also like to congratulate the other award winners on the night. I’m sure they will join us in thanking everyone who was involved in making the awards evening a very special occasion.”