6 March 2018

Sheffield City Council is celebrating winning two regional awards at the AAC Apprenticeship Awards. The awards were presented by Robert Halfon MP, the Chair of the Education Select Committee at a Parliamentary Reception on Monday 5 March to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week.

The awards won by Sheffield City Council were ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ and ‘Promoting Apprenticeships Campaign of the Year’ and recognise the council’s contribution to apprenticeships, outstanding commitment to promoting apprenticeships and excellent partnership working.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is fantastic news.  Councillor Julie Dore, The Leader of the Council, has always seen skills and apprenticeships as a key priority for our city. The Apprenticeship Levy has enabled us, along with other employers, to give more young people this great opportunity to experience the world of work.

“Sheffield’s success is due to a long term commitment by the Council, dedicated and creative staff teams and fantastic partnership working with schools, education providers, employers, families and young people.”

All regional winners will go forwards as nominees for the National Awards which will be announced on the 22 March at the AAC Awards Dinner in Birmingham.

These award announcements coincide with this week’s National Apprenticeship Week, that promotes the importance of apprenticeships for both learners and employers. As part of the week, Sheffield City Council and Fortem, the property repairs and maintenance specialist is hosting its annual apprenticeship event ‘Be Inspired’ on Wednesday 8 March. This is where employers who are looking to recruit apprentices in the summer and pupils involved in ‘Apprenticeship Ready’ get the opportunity to network, discuss vacancies and share CVs.

1200 students and 70 employers have already signed up for the event who have more than 300 vacancies. 136 students were recruited to apprenticeships at last year’s event.

Students from Years 11 – 13 from schools across Sheffield and the City Region are invited to attend the Be Inspired event at Cutlers Hall, Church Street, S1 1HG which runs from 12.30pm to 4pm.

More information about this free event is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apprenticeships-be-inspired-2018-tickets-39686673910 or call 0114 2296186.