LET’S MAKE IT ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR MERSEYSIDE
and Skills Council (LSC) in the North West urges employers and
apprentices to put Merseyside on the map once more as it launches
its 6th annual Apprenticeship Awards.
The search is on again to find the nation’s top apprentices and
apprentice employers, and this year Merseyside has a tough act to
follow. In 2008 Craig Robinson from Leasowe was named North West
Advanced Apprentice of the Year. Engineering apprentice Craig
impressed the judges by undertaking a cost reduction project for his
employer which helped the company save £30,000.
The LSC’s national Apprenticeship Awards recognise the key role that
apprentices play in today’s world, and highlight employers who are
successfully using Apprenticeships to improve business performance.
Apprentices have a significant impact which spans the breadth of the
economy from accountancy and engineering, to construction, creative
industries and sport – and the Awards are designed to recognise
this. Past winners include a ship builder, an IT firm, a veterinary
practice and a nursery.
In 2008 around a quarter of all awards entrants came from the North
West. This year the LSC in Merseyside wants local employers and
apprentices to do even better, with more entrants and hopefully
another national finalist or even winner. Shortlisted entrants will
be honoured at the Greater Merseyside Apprenticeship Awards, which
could be the first step to regional and national glory.
There are 3 categories open to apprentices; Young Apprentice of the
Year, Apprentice of the Year and Advanced Apprentice of the Year.
The three individual award categories acknowledge and celebrate
apprentices’ exceptional contributions to their workplaces, where
they have made a real difference by exceeding expectations and
delivering measurable results.
Employers of all sizes are eligible for the employer awards. 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.
Launching the 2009 awards, Secretary of State for Innovation,
Universities and Skills, John Denham urged the nation to get behind
Apprenticeships:- “This government has rescued and expanded
Apprenticeships. 10 years ago only 65,000 people started an
Apprenticeship, by 2007/08 this number had increased almost three
and a half times to 225,000. And we are determined to do
more. In the Queen's speech we announced that we are going legislate
so that every suitably qualified young person has an entitlement to
an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are becoming a mainstream option
for young people and adults who want to get on. And we hope that by
the end of the next decade 1 in 5 young people will start an
The LSC’s annual awards are a fantastic opportunity for employers to
showcase the best Apprenticeship schemes and celebrate the talents
of their apprentices and I encourage employers to come forward and
LSC Regional Director for the North West John Korzeniewski added:-
“Apprenticeships improve businesses and change lives, and it
is only right that we honour these successes. If you are an
apprentice or employ apprentices I urge you to enter for the 2009
awards, and Iook forward to celebrating another great year for North
To enter the Awards, or for more information, visit
www.apprenticeships.org.uk/awards or call 0800 954 8896. Deadline for
entries is 27 February 2009. Regional Apprenticeship Awards category
winners will automatically be entered into the national
The winners’ event will be held on 16 July
2009 at Old Billingsgate Market, Central London.
research by Kwai Garlic Supplements reveals heart health risks of
family has no idea about the food they are dishing up every evening,
according to new research.
Half of families polled say they haven’t a clue which foods are
healthy and which are unhealthy for their hearts with a third
confessing taste was more important to them than nutritional
content. And a staggering 60% regularly serve up huge portions
of spaghetti Bolognese, but they do so without realising their family of 4 are
tucking into a whopping 222grams of fat and 3,145 calories. In
fact, at the end of the average day families tuck into 2,372
calories, 53g of saturated fat and 8g of salt at dinner time.
This means that over the course of just 1 year, the average family
of 4 will work their way through an astonishing 865,780 calories,
19,345g (19.3 kg) fat and 2,920g (2.9kg) salt from their evening
The poll of 3,000 families, conducted by Kwai Garlic Supplements,
reveals that despite having the best intentions, people don’t know
enough about the heart health risks of the foods they are serving
A spokeswoman for Kwai Garlic Supplements said: “Unfortunately
most families aren’t eating the healthy diets they think they are
and this may lead to poor heart health in the future. The
average family is consuming an astonishing quantity of calories, fat
and salt every time they sit down to dinner – giving little thought
to its nutritional content. Heart disease and poor heart
health is largely something which affects the older age group, but
encouraging a healthy diet from an early age can ensure a brighter
and healthier future for everyone.”
In contrast, 2/3rds admitted they watch what they put in their own
mouths – calorie counting every sugary snack and sweet treat.
And 4 in 10 admitted they watched their weight by limiting the
amount of crisps, cakes and chocolate they eat. Worryingly, it would
seem watching the waistline appears to take priority over
maintaining a healthy heart.
The poll reveals that 58% of families wouldn’t hesitate to plonk a
couple of fatty pizzas on the table at tea time. And 55% have
no idea that a full roast dinner contains as much as 2,536 calories,
101grams of fat and 8.5grams of salt. A further 1 in 10 say
that if their children are happy to eat the meals they prepare, they
don’t concern themselves with how much fat, salt and sugar they are
consuming. Interestingly, only 7% worry about the amount of
calories their children eat on a daily basis. And only 4% give
any thought to whether or not their evening meals contain high
levels of salt.
Other popular evening meals include lasagne, beef stir fry, curry,
bangers and mash and fish and chips. 4 in 10 regularly serve
lasagne containing a whopping 3,605.2 calories, 216grams of fat and
25grams of sugar. Whilst 37% serve up bangers and mash,
without realising it contains 2,676 calories, 155grams of fat, and
14grams of salt.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR EVENING MEALS
Including nutritional value for the average family of 4 (excluding
|Full roast dinner
Beef Stir fry
|Bangers and mash
|Fish and Chips
|Chili con carne