25th Oct, 2016

Apprenticeship award on the cards

Aaron Wise 9th Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

STAFF at a popular Evesham furniture reuse charity are celebrating after being confirmed as finalists in Worcestershire County Council’s Worcestershire Apprentice Awards.

Roundabout, which is based on Blackminster Business Park near Evesham, has been nominated in the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award for the awards to be held on November 12.

Some of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have recently been announced as finalists and Roundabout will do battle with Victoria Carpets of Kidderminster for the prestigious honour.

The awards have also seen another boost for the Vale with Ross Huntley of Offenham Horticultural Machinery Specialists in Pershore nominated for the Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year award.

The awards evening is now in its second year are being hosted at West Midland Safari Park’s Tree Tops Pavilion by BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern, and sponsored by some of the county’s leading firms including Yamazaki Mazak and Worcester Bosch Group.

Peter Andrews, Roundabout Manager said: “We at Roundabout are immensely proud of being selected as a finalist in these prestigious awards.

“Employing an Evesham man Paul Byatt as Roundabout’s first ever apprentice in September 2014 was a steep learning curve for us.

“Paul has benefited us as an organization by providing additional resilience in key areas of our operation and in return we have provided Paul with all of the necessary support and encouragement for him to succeed,” he added.

Coun Simon Geraghty, deputy leader at Worcestershire County Council said: “The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards display the many excellent apprenticeship places available.”

The event takes place from 6.30pm and seats cost £80.

Visit www.worcsapprentices.org.uk for more information and for the full list of entries at the awards.