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LSC announces finalists for Apprenticeship Awards 2007

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced the finalists for this year's national Apprenticeship Awards.

The Awards, now in their fourth year, are hosted by the LSC and are designed to recognise the hard work and commitment of young people currently on, or who have recently completed, an apprenticeship, and employers who are successfully using apprenticeships to help improve business performance.

This year's Awards attracted over 1,000 entries, from apprentices and employers all vying to be named Apprentice or Employer of the Year.

The ceremony takes place on Wednesday 20th June at the London Hilton on Park Lane, where TV presenter Nick Knowles will announce the 2007 winners.

Nick Knowles said: "My experience in broadcasting, particularly on DIY SOS, has helped me to appreciate the importance of learning new skills.

"I'm very proud to have been asked to present this year's Apprenticeship Awards. It's a prestigious event and I'm looking forward to meeting all this year's finalists."

Stephen Gardner, director of apprenticeships at the Learning and Skills Council said: "At a time when our nation's skill levels need to be improved, apprentices are excellent examples of people who are making plans for their futures by learning the skills and knowledge they will need.

"Their dynamic attitude to work is recognised by the LSC's national Apprenticeship Awards. The Awards are now in their fourth year a positive sign of the outstanding contribution individuals and UK business are making to raise skills levels and improve productivity and competitiveness nationally.

"On behalf of the LSC, I would like to congratulate each and every finalist for their hard work, development and commitment to their apprenticeship programmes. They have worked extremely hard to raise their skills levels and I hope they prove to be positive role models to others who choose to undertake Apprenticeships. I look forward to meeting each and every one of them."

The Apprentice Category Finalists

Young Apprentice of the Year

  • Abbigail Kewin (Arts & Design)
  • Craig Lewis (Hospitality)
  • Alice Victoria Le Good (Engineering)

Apprentice of the Year

  • Christopher Gary Taylor (Painting & Decorating)
  • Victoria Nebbett (Hairdressing)
  • Jonathan Pearson (Food & Drink Manufacture)

Advanced Apprentice of the Year

  • Lucy Rouillon (Business Administration)
  • Gareth Moor (Construction)
  • Michelle Grandon (Telecoms Engineer)

Personal Achiever of the Year

  • Shaun Anderson (Electrician)
  • Fiona Fay (Business Administration)
  • Zenel Lika (Mechanical Engineering)

The Employer Category Finalists

Micro Employer of the Year

  • Complete Computer Systems, Leeds
  • The Crown, Rotherham
  • Blue Flame, Stockport

Small Employer of the Year

  • The Dinnington Dental Practice, Sheffield
  • Farthings Veterinary Group, Horsham
  • Craig Hambling Ltd, Accrington

Medium Employer of the Year

  • Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth
  • Slack and Parr Ltd, Kegworth
  • Kesslers International, London

Large Employer of the Year

  • Heathrow Airport Ltd, London
  • BT, London
  • Metsec plc, Oldbury

To find out more about the Apprenticeship Awards, visit: www.apprenticeships.org.uk/awards

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