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Date:- 10 December 2007

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THE Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has begun its search for the nation's top apprentices and employers with the launch of the Apprenticeship Awards 2008. Employers of all sizes and from all sectors of industry across Merseyside are being encouraged to nominate their apprentices for the prestigious Awards.

The Apprenticeship Awards are held annually to celebrate the success of apprentices who have made a real difference to their future and to the organisation they work for. They also recognise the work of employers who are successfully tackling skills shortages to build their future workforce through Apprenticeships.

Last year's Apprentice of the Year, 22 year old Jonathan Pearson, said of his award;- "It's brilliant. My Apprenticeship has given me so much - confidence, success, leadership - and my company has supported me all the way."

The Apprenticeship Awards are held annually to celebrate the success of apprentices who have made a real difference to their future and to the organisation they work for. They also recognise the work of employers who are successfully tackling skills shortages to build their future workforce through Apprenticeships.

Speaking at the launch event in London, Skills Minister David Lammy MP said:- "Apprenticeships are integral to combating the nation's skills shortages. They stimulate innovation, give businesses the skills they need and provide opportunities for individuals to fulfil their potential. The government has recently announced that there will be 500,000 new Apprenticeship places by 2020 so that even more employers and individuals can reap the benefits. The Apprenticeship programme makes a real difference to all concerned, and I'm delighted to attend the 5th national Apprenticeship Awards launch tonight."

John Korzeniewski, Regional Director of the LSC in the North West, added:- "Apprenticeships are a more attractive option than ever before for those employers wanting to take control of the future of their business by investing in skills. Today, more than 130,000 employers across the country are using Apprenticeships to improve their business performance, whilst giving talented individuals the opportunity to achieve their goals.  Entries to the Awards have increased year on year and we have received around 4,000 entries since the first Apprenticeship Awards in 2004. We are now calling on all apprentice employers across the country to enter our fifth national Awards."

Employers are eligible to enter 1 of 4 categories depending on their company size; Micro (1 to 9 employees), Small (10 to 49 employees), Medium (50-249 employees) and Large (250+ employees). They are assessed on a number of criteria including implementation of the Apprenticeship programme, clear demonstration of the way Apprenticeships have benefited their business and the level of support provided to their apprentices.  In addition to the employer Awards, there are 4 categories open to apprentices - Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year, Young Apprentice of the Year and Personal Achiever of the Year.  The Awards' premier sponsor for the 4th consecutive year is City & Guilds.

Chris Humphries, director-general of City & Guilds commented:- "Any business can only be as good as the skills of its workforce, so it's great to see that the Apprenticeship Awards showcase the very best in staff training. As well as applauding individual and employer successes, these Awards are testament to the real economic benefits apprentices can bring."

This year, for the 1st time, the LSC will be hosting presentation evenings in the region's 5 local areas - Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. Further details will be announced in January. 

To enter the Awards, or for more information, visit or call 0800 954 8896. Deadline for entries is 29 February 2008. The national final of the Apprenticeship Awards will be held on 10 July 2008 at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London.  


LAST year, while most were tucking into their turkey on Christmas Day surrounded by family and loved ones, over 30,000 older people in the North West were eating their Christmas dinner alone, according to new research by charity Help the Aged. The research also found that nearly 78,000 older people in the North West did not even have a Christmas meal last year.

And while for many, Christmas is an incredibly busy and sociable time, sadly, over 220,000 (20%) of older people in the North West, more than any other region in the UK, say that they do not look forward to Christmas because they feel particularly lonely at this time of year. This added to the fact that almost 1 million older people across the whole of the UK spend Christmas Day totally alone means that the so-called festive season is far from merry for many of the UK’s pensioners.

In an effort to brighten up thousands of older people’s Christmases and to help ward off heightened feelings of loneliness at this time of year, Help the Aged is making a final call for support for its1 is the saddest number fundraising campaign this year. The campaign aims to help end isolation and loneliness among older people and as part of it, the Charity is hoping to reach out to 25,000 older people across the North West and the rest of the UK by providing them each with a Christmas meal to enjoy with friends at their local day centre over the festive period. A donation of just £4 will enable Help the Aged to supply such a meal for an older person and the Charity is hoping the public will get behind this to help it raise £100,000 for this cause before the end of the year.

Liz Smith, who played Nanain the BBC’s Royle Family series and who is supporting the Help the Aged 1 is the saddest number’ fundraising campaign said:- “I know 1st-hand what it feels like to be lonely and how miserable it can make you feel. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to make changes to my circumstances and move to live somewhere with other people around to be less isolated. Many other older people however, don’t have these choices.

Christmas in particular can be hard for some older people who don’t have family or friends to celebrate with and so providing a Christmas meal is one of a range of ways in which we can help to bring people together. And although a festive meal is a special occasion for one day only, we know that the benefits are much longer lasting for those who take part.”

Help the Aged is hoping everyone will get behind its campaign as just a £4 donation can enable the Charity to provide a Christmas meal for an older person to enjoy with friends. To donate to the Help the Aged1 is the saddest number appeal please visit  or call 020 7 239 1983.

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