Winners announced for People 1st Apprenticeship Awards 2014/15

Exceptional apprentices, mentors and employers from the hospitality, retail, passenger transport and travel industries have been recognised at the People 1st Apprenticeship Awards.

The winners were announced at an event held at the House of Commons, hosted by MP Mike Freer, who commented: “These awards are crucial for the industry and I commend People 1st for this important initiative. I congratulate all the winners and wish them every success in their careers.”

The winners from the retail industry were:

Retail Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
· Jenna Lucy Unwin, The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop

Retail Advanced Apprentice of the Year
· Daniel Philips, Parkend Village Shop and the Postage Stamp Café

Simon Tarr, People 1st Managing Director, who co-hosted the event with Mike, said: “Our research shows that our industries will have 2.8m job opportunities by 2022, with 600,000 skilled and management job vacancies. It therefore vital that we encourage people to enter and stay in the industry and apprenticeships are the best way to do this.

“These awards promote the industry as a great place to work, highlight the value apprentices can offer, and celebrate those who play an essential role in supporting apprentices on their chosen career path. The passion and enthusiasm of everyone involved – the young people, their employers and those who came to support them – points to a great future for our industries.

“We were also delighted to celebrate the work of our dedicated groups of employers that have formed trailblazers to implement the government’s apprenticeship reforms. People 1st is acting on behalf of trailblazer employers to develop new apprenticeship standards for the hospitality, travel, retail and passenger transport industries.”

Lloyd Thomas, the Co-operative and Chair of the Retail Trailblazer was pleased to join with businesses from across the visitor economy service sector. He said “our industries face very similar challenges, for example preparing people for team leadership and management roles something that the Retail Trailblazer has been working hard on. The apprenticeship awards demonstrates there’s no limits to what young people can achieve in this sector.”

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