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Search is on to find Norfolk's apprentice of the year

28 January 2019

Apprenticeships Norfolk, an initiative from Norfolk County Council, is running the first ‘Norfolk Apprentice of the Year’ competition to celebrate apprentices working across the county.

Competition entrants are being asked to outline what they’ve learned from their apprenticeship, what being an apprentice means to them and highlight any activities they are involved in that demonstrate how they are an ambassador for apprenticeships.

Cllr Stuart Clancy, Apprenticeship Member Champion for Norfolk County Council, said:  “It’s essential that people recognise there are alternatives to what can often be seen as more traditional qualifications.  Research has shown that a high-quality apprenticeship is likely to offer you as much long-term financial security as many undergraduate degrees.

“By celebrating the work that apprentices do we can help to raise the profile of apprenticeships and this competition is a great way of doing that.  It’s all about identifying and showcasing the tremendous breadth and depth of talent Norfolk apprentices have to offer.”

The deadline for entries is Friday 15 February and shortlisted applicants will be invited to take part in an afternoon of activities and presentations at County Hall in Norwich on Monday 4 March.  Richard Bridgman, former chairman of Warren Services and strong advocate of apprenticeships, will be judging the competition alongside Natasha Waller, Skills Manager at New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Jessica Whyte, former apprentice and now one of two apprenticeships advisers at Norfolk County Council, said:  “As with any job role, it’s so important to feel valued and appreciated for what you do.  Even if they don’t make it to the final, we hope the apprentices taking part enjoy the process and it will be a big boost to their confidence.  The judges will be looking for apprentices who can demonstrate a range of activities indicating just how much apprenticeships mean to them.”

The overall winner will be announced at an apprenticeships celebration event during National Apprenticeships Week on Thursday 7 March (5.30-7.30pm).  Held at the University of East Anglia’s Enterprise Centre, the event will be a chance to hear from current and past apprentices and those working to actively promote apprenticeships locally and nationally.  Find out more about the apprenticeships competition and celebration event at www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org/events.

To enter the ‘Norfolk Apprentice of the Year’ competition, email apprenticeships@norfolk.gov.uk to request an entry form.  Entrants must either be a current apprentice or have completed an apprenticeship within the last six months.

Apprenticeships Norfolk

Formed in March 2015, the Apprenticeships Norfolk network, supported by Norfolk County Council and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, aims to increase the number, level, quality and range of apprenticeships available across the county.  Members include secondary schools, colleges, employers, independent training providers and support organisations.  Visit www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org for more information.

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