Search begins for 2013 Apprentice of the Year

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry has officially launched the 2013 Apprentice of the Year awards. Speaking at the launch, the Minister said, “Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to build knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money all at the same time. “With well over 11,000 apprentices in Northern Ireland, in a diverse range of sectors, apprenticeships are a popular route to a successful career. “These awards are our opportunity to applaud the apprentices advancing their careers through training, as well as recognising employers who are investing in the skills of their workforce by supporting apprenticeships.” The 2013 award categories are; Apprentice of the Year Award, Most Promising First Year Award, Recognition Award, and Innovation in Partnership Award (for Employers and Training Suppliers). Nominations are open now for the four categories. These much coveted awards are designed to recognise people involved in apprenticeship training in Northern Ireland, including: Employers, Training Suppliers and the Apprentices themselves. The Minister continued, “Last week I launched the ApprenticeshipsNI advertising campaign highlighting the message to employers that apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness new talent or indeed train an existing employee. “I would encourage all apprentices, employers and training partners to gain the recognition you deserve by entering the competition, which I hope will have a record number of applications. “The quantity and standard of entries to this competition year on year demonstrates and acknowledges the important role of employers, training suppliers and the apprentice in the training process.” For more details and to download nomination forms visit The closing date for all categories is noon on Thursday 28th February 2013. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Holiday Inn, Belfast on Wednesday 15 May 2013.
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