Apprenticeship Awards Success

One of Selby District Council’s apprentices wins award at Selby College’s Apprenticeships Awards.

On Thursday 7 March, Selby College held its Apprenticeships Awards in collaboration with Selby District Council.  The night had winners from across many businesses showcasing the variety of skills apprenticeships can offer businesses.

Apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to develop the skills of their work force. Selby continues to see new business investment, which is opening up new opportunities for people living here.  Apprenticeships are supporting young people to access these new opportunities.

Selby College has been named one of the best in England for getting jobseekers into employment. This underlines the college’s sharp focus on outstanding teaching, learning and employer engagement.

At Thursday night’s awards Thomas Wilcock, one of the District Council’s construction apprentices won the ‘Construction Apprentice of the Year' award and 'Apprentice of the year (16-18 year old) award. Thomas was one of the two apprentices which joined the Council in 2017 and is currently completing his NVQ level 2 in plumbing.

Thomas has made a vital contribution to the Council’s housing service, showcasing skills which are considered advanced for his age. Thomas’s hard work has been instrumental in proving the value of apprenticeships to the Council.

Thomas Wilcock has also been nominated for a National Award.

Cllr Mark Crane, Leader of the Council commented. “Apprenticeships help to ensure the district has a well-qualified workforce by matching the needs of employers to the skills of young people.  It’s great to see that one of our own apprentices has been recognised for his contribution to what we do.  It really goes to show the value of apprentices in the workplace.

“We’re lucky to be able to work alongside Selby College, which is a leading college for getting young people into work.  Through their support people like Thomas can develop on-the-job skills that help both them and their employer.

“I’d like to congratulate Thomas on winning this award.”