Have you got the ‘A’ Factor? – Search for Apprentice of the Year begins!

Have you got the ‘A’ Factor? – Search for Apprentice of the Year begins!

Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry, today launched the Apprentice of the Year awards for 2012.

The competition – now in its 11th year, has become the highlight of the year for many of those involved in apprenticeship training in Northern Ireland, and aims to recognise the talent, excellence and determination of local apprentices.

If you think you’ve got what it takes – or you know someone who does – the nominations for the four categories are now open:

      - Apprentice of the Year.
      - Most Promising 1st Year Award.
      - Recognition Award. 
      - Innovation in Partnership Award (for Employers and Training Suppliers).

Discussing the awards, Minister Farry commented, “These awards are our opportunity to applaud apprentices who are advancing their careers through training and recognises employers who are investing in the skills of their workforce by supporting apprenticeships. The number and standard of excellent entries to the competition continues to grow each year and demonstrates how Apprenticeships can open doors to a better future.

Investing time and effort in developing the right skills benefits the economy and helps to meet the needs of local industry and employers. I would encourage all apprentices, employers and training partners to gain the recognition you deserve by entering the competition.”

To download nomination forms, or for more information visithttp://www.nidirect.gov.uk/apprentice-awards-2012. The closing date for all categories is noon on Thursday 1 March 2012 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Holiday Inn, Belfast on Thursday 17 May 2012.

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