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Last chance to enter the Apprenticeship Awards 2009
The search for the nations top Apprenticeship employers is in full swing but the deadline for entries is fast approaching.
Now in their sixth year, the Learning and Skills Council's national Apprenticeship Awards are designed to recognise employers who are successfully using Apprenticeships to improve business performance.
Winners will be announced at a national awards ceremony at the Old Billingsgate, Central London on 16 July and the LSC is calling for more entries before the deadline on 27 February.
Chris Banks, chair of the Learning and Skills Council said: "In the current economic climate, it is crucial to recognise the importance of training programmes such as Apprenticeships. These awards offer companies a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the business benefits of employing apprentices.
"Entries to the Awards have increased year on year and we have received well over 4,000 entries since the first Apprenticeship Awards in 2004."
Employers are eligible to enter for one of five categories depending on their company size: micro (1-9 employees), small (10-49 employees), medium (50-249 employees), large (250-4,999 employees) and the new macro size category that will cover businesses with over 5,000 employees.
The LSC says employers 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, companies can encourage their apprentices to enter the awards too. There are three categories open to apprentices - Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year and Young Apprentice of the Year.
The Awards' Premier Sponsor for the fifth consecutive year is City & Guilds.
To enter the Awards, or for more information, visit: www.apprenticeships.org.uk/awards. Deadline for entries is 27 February 2009.
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