Nominations have opened for the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

Leeds is set to host the third Apprenticeship Awards, with the event highlighting the work of excellent apprentices and those organisations who are committed to offering quality apprenticeships and make such a positive difference to the city.

The ceremony will take place at the Civic Hall on 4 March 2014, during National Apprenticeship Week when the city will be holding a number of events to inform young people and businesses of the benefits gained through apprenticeships.

Partners including Leeds City Council, Leeds City College, Appris, BPP Professional Education, ESG group and the National Apprenticeship Service launched the nominations for Leeds Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

Individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit their entries before the closing date of 24 January 2014.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibilities for leisure and skills said;

“We have a huge number of very talented young people in our city and apprenticeships are for many of them a great opportunity for their future.

“Our awards are a fantastic way of recognising the achievements of apprentices and of increasing the profile of apprenticeships and I am very much looking forward to the event next year.”

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the apprentices, employers and learning providers who are making such a difference in the city, whilst at the same time getting the message across that apprenticeships are about much more than the traditional trades.

“We know that more and more young people are opting for apprenticeships instead of university, and employers really like to be able to take on and grow a motivated, talented apprentice who is looking to build a career in their organisation.”

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