Highways apprentices celebrated at awards

Published
08.07.2016

Last night (7th July) Gloucestershire's highways apprentices swapped high-viz for black tie at the Gloucestershire Apprentice Awards.

Among other things, the awards recognise the support employers give to the apprenticeship scheme.

Amey, Gloucestershire County Council's highways partner was a finalist for the Employer of The Year (with over 25 members of staff) category for taking on at least eight new apprentices every year.

Since working with the county council, Amey has recruited dozens of young apprentices and by the end of the contract, 121 young people will be recruited and trained, representing 60% of our Gloucestershire workforce.

They offer a range of apprenticeships not just civil engineering but customer service and finance qualifications too.

Apprentice, Tom Averiss, was a finalist in the Outstanding Apprentice of The Year (Services Industries) category. He said: "Although I didn't win I am still chuffed to have been nominated. It was an amazing evening and I met a lot of inspiring people.

"The apprenticeship I'm doing has opened a lot of doors for me, and I'm really enjoying my role here with the county council."

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I am immensely proud of all the apprentices I get to work with. This strategy of bringing young talent in to the business will make sure practical skills and knowledge are retained.

"It brings new ideas and refreshes our teams, providing the skills our service and the county will need in the future."

Gloucestershire County Council also sponsored a category at the awards. Cllr Colin Hay, chairman for Gloucestershire County Council, presented the award for Outstanding Apprentice of The Year (Services Industries).

Cllr Hay, said, "It was an honour to be asked to present an award, and huge congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners. My role as chairman allows me to be an ambassador for the council, and we need to shout about the amazing talent we have in this county at every opportunity."

Gloucestershire County Council also holds an annual awards ceremony to showcase young people in the county and the businesses that support them. For more information and to nominate someone for a Grow Gloucestershire award, go to www.yes2jobs.co.uk/showcase-awards.

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