The new category of Apprentice of the Year has been announced as part of the Business for Calderdale Awards 2024 and will be sponsored by Calderdale College. The Awards will take place on Thursday 10th October 2024 at The Venue, Barkisland celebrating the achievements of businesses in the borough over the last year.

Chair of Business for Calderdale, Nick Worsnop explained, “Apprentices play a vital role in the constitution of employment for Calderdale business and they are the future workforce. These Awards are to celebrate and give recognition to businesses and people who are delivering excellence so we warmly welcome having this category to celebrate Apprentices in the area.”

Ebrahim Dockrat MBE, Director of Commercial Services and Partnerships at Calderdale College, added, “We are proud to be supporting the Calderdale Business Awards by sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year category. Apprenticeships can enrich both businesses and the wider regional economy by helping to close skills gaps and support employers with meeting their goals and ambitions.

“We feel it is paramount that we encourage our community to consider apprenticeships wherever they are in their career. We want to dispel the myth that apprenticeships are only for young people searching for their first job. Apprenticeships can also support professionals looking to take a step up or people of all ages re-entering work or changing career direction.”

Categories include:

– New Business of the Year

– Apprentice of the Year

– SME of the Year

– Manufacturer of the Year

– Employer of the Year

– Excellence in Customer Service

– Business of the Year

– Lifetime Achievement

The closing date for entries is 19th July 2024.

You can read the nomination criteria and submit a nomination here