Over 100 local businesses and apprentices from Trafford and Greater Manchester gathered at Trafford College’s Centre for Science and Technology on Tuesday 12 May to celebrate the College’s annual Business Training Awards.
The awards celebrate the exceptional organisations that go the extra mile to give their workforce the edge, demonstrating how valuable investment in skills development really is.
The celebration saw a total of 44 awards presented to organisations and apprentices who have shown great commitment and dedication to training and development over the past year. A broad cross-section of industries was represented including business, sport, building services, hospitality and engineering to name but a few.
One of the organisations celebrating their award for ‘Outstanding Commitment to Training’ was Trafford Council. The College has worked alongside the council for many years and was delighted to present them with for an award for their dedication to the development of their workforce.
Assistant Workforce Strategy Officer, Kirsty Roberts, commented, “As a council we are faced with the issue of youth unemployment across the borough and it is something that we are keen to tackle. We provide opportunities for many learners from vulnerable backgrounds, giving young people the skills to start work, and we believe that Apprenticeship schemes are the perfect way to do this. They arm learners with real work experience and the added advantage of theoretical learning, giving them a wide range of options when they complete their programme.”
“We are now looking to start offering higher apprenticeships with the help of Trafford College as they offer progression for people who would like to study at university level whilst continuing to work with their employer.”
Joining Kirsty in the celebrations was 20 year-old Apprentice, Charlotte Houghton, who collected her award for Laboratory Technician ‘Apprentice of the Year’.
Charlotte, a former Loretto Grammar School pupil from Partington said, “I applied and got a place at the University of Leicester where I was going to study Chemistry after I finished at College. However I knew a lot of people who had come away from university with their degree, but were struggling to find work as they didn’t have much work experience. That’s when I first considered studying an Apprenticeship.”
“I saw that Trafford College offered an Apprenticeship in Laboratory Technical and I decided to apply instead of going to university. I did get a few people telling me to go to university as they thought that was the usual route to a higher qualified job, but that isn’t the case. My Apprenticeship has been absolutely brilliant; my employer is even going to pay for my degree whilst I continue to work there after I have completed my Apprenticeship, which is fantastic.”
Sir Bill Moorcroft, Principal for Trafford College, commented on this year’s awards, “Trafford College is proud to be working alongside some of the region’s most significant employers, helping to equip Greater Manchester’s workforce with skills for the future.
“The awards tonight recognise and reward the exceptional organisations that go the extra mile to invest in workforce development, reinforcing the importance of investing in the future of local business. The challenges facing organisations make it increasingly important to have motivated and competent staff who can add real value. The College is proud of its proven track record and intends to continue working closely with its partners to deliver training which addresses skills gaps and ensures they can remain competitive.”