Businesses leaders from across West Lancashire came together at the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club to celebrate the West Lancashire Challenge Apprenticeship Awards and the countdown to The International Festival for Business 2014.
Apprentices play an important role in supporting and developing businesses and to celebrate this, the West Lancashire Borough Council held its West Lancashire Challenge Apprentice of the Year (2014) Award which recognises the achievements of excellent apprentices and one in particular, as judged by an independent panel of experts.
Guest Speaker – Max Steinberg CBE FRSA and Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision has worked relentlessly to extend the global profile and reputation of business in the North West, showcasing ambition to attract investment and continued growth in the region. Max gave an excellent presentation on the forthcoming International Festival for Business, taking place in Liverpool and the city region for 50 days in June and July 2014.
The West Lancashire Challenge Apprentice Awards 2014 immediately followed, with Councillor Adrian Owens, Deputy Leader, West Lancashire Borough Council kindly acknowledging the valuable role of apprentices in our community and business and presenting the Apprentice Award, along with the SME and Large Apprenticeship Employer Awards.
Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley were delighted when employee Sam Maison who completed her apprenticeship during 2013/14, was recognised for her drive, professionalism and enthusiasm to become the West Lancashire Challenge Apprentice of the Year (2014).
When Sam joined Home Instead we immediately started on her apprenticeship combining studying Business & Administration QCF level 3 whilst also gaining experience working as a CAREGiver in the community and in the office as a vital part of the administration team.
Gail Godson Director of Home Instead goes on to say ‘it is our ambition to become the Employer of Choice for good cares in our local community and offering an apprenticeship is a valuable part of our approach to attracting and equipping new skills and learning. It was inspiring to be with so many young achievers who have truly benefited from the opportunities that apprenticeships can offer, they have all clearly grasped the chance to develop their own academic, business, social and people skills, whilst adding so much value to numerous organisations and businesses across West Lancashire. All the apprentices were winners on the day, although we are obviously so very proud of our Home Instead apprentice Sam Maison'.