Mar 18, 2015
Prizewinners celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Learning Skills Partnership apprentices across the construction, insurance and motoring sectors had a prizewinning end to National Apprenticeship Week 2015.

The East Yorkshire-based training provider marked the five-day celebration of vocational learning for its apprentices around the country with a competition for an iPad as first prize and runners up vouchers.

The winning apprentice Jaden Clark, 18, from Bircotes near Doncaster, is in her second year at construction firm Carillion and replied successfully on Facebook to the question: “I Love My Apprenticeship Because…..”

“I believe it has opened a door to endless opportunities in my working life,” said Jaden, who is doing LSP’s groundbreaking site engineer apprenticeship programme.

“It’s like no other scheme that I’m aware of; my apprenticeship is the first in civil engineering and working in the construction industry, building roads and bridges is my dream career. This apprenticeship has made it happen.”

Simon Alsop, director Learning Skills Partnership, said: “We wanted to mark National Apprenticeship Week with something to recognise the time, effort, skill and dedication of our apprentices.

“Jaden typifies the enthusiastic spirit and commitment which can often mark out an apprentice in the workforce, and it’s fantastic to see a young woman making her way in the construction industry.”

Jake Bayliss, an eighteen-year-old from Exeter training with Cambria Automobiles, is one of the four runners up to each receive a £50 gift voucher.

He was equally enthusiastic about his apprenticeship in the motor industry. “I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone – sending off my application was the best decision I have ever made.

“I get to work with the finest cars in the world including Jaguar and Aston Martin in an amazing showroom, gain highly transferable skills such as NVQs and get paid while doing it.”

The other runners up were: Jack Robinson, 17, an apprentice with Carillion in Barnsley; George Beeney, 23, with Europcar in Portsmouth, and Ashley Halliday, 18, who is training with JCT600 in Bradford.

National Apprenticeship Week is a Government supported celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. It ran from March 9 to March 13.

Learning Skills Partnership, which was established in 2010, is based at Hessle, near Hull, and offers apprenticeships around the UK.

It has clients in a variety of sectors, including motoring with JCT600, Europcar, Pentagon, Vertu Motors plc, Inchcape and Stoneacre; construction with Carillion, HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction and Morgan Sindall, and insurance with Henderson Insurance Brokers.