College News

New FE College for Cheshire hosts Apprenticeship Awards
Published: April 26, 2017

South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College will host their inaugural Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Thursday 27 April at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus.


Following the merger of the two Colleges to create a new FE College for Cheshire last month, the prestigious Ceremony brings together the ‘best of the best’ from across the College’s three campuses in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Crewe.


The Apprenticeship Awards, previously organised by West Cheshire College, celebrates the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region. More than 200 guests are set to attend and more than 30 awards presented on the night.


The awards commend those Apprentices most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from others and proving them worthy of recognition. Amongst the award categories are STEM Apprentice of the Year, Award for Exceptional Enterprise and Initiative and Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year, as well as various awards within specific industry sectors.


Jasbir Dhesi, Principal of South Cheshire and West Cheshire College said: “We are extremely proud of the high quality Apprenticeship programmes that we deliver that make a valuable contribution to both our Apprentices’ careers and the employers we work with.


“The Apprenticeship Awards were a well-regarded annual event for West Cheshire College and we are delighted to continue the tradition by now hosting a bigger and better event that will recognise Apprentices from across Cheshire.”


West Cheshire College has hosted the Apprenticeship Awards for the past six years, and this year is set to exceed all others as the newly formed College. Welcoming esteemed guests, the students will be joined by many of the large organisations that the College works with such as Bentley Motors, Vauxhall, Unilever and National Grid as well as representatives from Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Chambers of Commerce.


Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of Governors at the College also commented: “We are truly proud of the fabulous work our Apprentices have achieved over the last year. With just over 1,300 Apprentices across both South Cheshire and West Cheshire College, what better way to reward and recognise their efforts than at the Apprenticeship Awards. Bringing together Apprentices and our employers, it promises to be a memorable evening and our biggest one yet.”


South Cheshire and West Cheshire College are also celebrating their inclusion on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) – a necessary requirement to deliver apprenticeship training from 1 May 2017. Selected organisations listed on RoATP have undertaken a thorough assessment and due diligence process.  The application process focused strongly on the College’s ability to deliver high quality apprenticeships and training, financial health, eligibility to receive public funding and Ofsted results.

From 1 May 2017, Apprenticeship funding is changing with the introduction of a new Apprenticeship Levy, for more information on Apprenticeships and how they can support your business, employers can call the Work-based Learning hotline on 01270 654638.

To find out more about becoming an Apprentice click here