Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021

NPTC Group of Colleges has been shortlisted for an impressive two awards at this year’s prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, Stevie Williams has been shortlisted in the Foundation Apprentice of the Year Award and for a remarkable second time in two years, the partnership with Swansea Bay University Health Board’s (SBUH) Apprenticeship Academy has been shortlisted for the Macro Employer of the Year Award.

The annual celebration of outstanding achievement in training and apprenticeships will see 36 finalists compete in 12 categories for awards at a virtual ceremony on April 29.

The awards showcase businesses and individuals who have excelled on the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programmes and gone the extra mile to achieve success during these unprecedented times.

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru are jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). Openreach, the UK’s digital network business and passionate supporter of apprenticeships, has renewed its headline sponsorship of the awards.

The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

Alec Thomas, Manager for the work-based learning team, Pathways Training at NPTC Group of Colleges was delighted with the news; he said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for two categories this year, Stevie’s story is an inspiration to all those looking to change their future, and the SBHU Apprentice Academy has gone from strength to strength and is more important than ever in the current pandemic.

As a forward-thinking College, we understand the need to recruit apprentices with the skill and attitude to progress in their chosen careers which directly aligns with a lot of businesses need to create a long- term skilled workforce.’’

Minister for the Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates said: “Congratulations to all of the learners, employers, tutors and assessors shortlisted for Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021.

“This past year has been incredibly difficult but we have seen the best in people too, as they demonstrated the talent, skills and commitment to not only succeed themselves but also support others.

“Apprenticeships play a crucial role in the Welsh economy and allow people to earn a wage whilst developing new skills and capabilities. I believe they will be vital in helping us recover from the impacts of coronavirus.”