National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Coming Soon!

20 December 2018 

It’s almost that time of year again, National Apprenticeship Week, five days in the calendar when the country takes the time to celebrate, appreciate and learn about the role of apprenticeships in the lives of employers, young people, adults and on the economy.

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 will take place between the 4th and the 8th of March next year, and though it might seem some way in the future, this important event in the Apprenticeships at Salford City College calendar is just around the corner and we are already gearing up for it.

Need to know: National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week aims to raise awareness across the country about apprenticeships. It is an opportunity for apprentices, employers and apprenticeships providers to come together to share success stories, all whilst encouraging others to choose apprenticeship pathways.

2019 will mark the twelfth event and to celebrate, Apprenticeships at Salford City College will be hosting their Annual Apprenticeship Awards. Each year the college revels in the achievements of their outstanding apprentices and the very best employer partnerships they have.

Recap: National Apprenticeship Week 2018

Last year’s event couldn’t have been more of a success! 18 winners took to the stage on the night, which included seven employer category winners and multiple apprentice success stories.

An apprentice from each apprenticeship sector was chosen from the vast number of nominations received.

There were then awards for small and medium employers of the year, and two awards for large employer of the year – one for the private sector and one for the public. There were also awards for traineeship of the year, partnership of the year and the college also acknowledged their sector-based work academy, which is run in conjunction with the Salford Royal NHS Trust.

Roy Cavanagh MBE, from Seddon, who works closely with the college and who is known throughout Salford for his work and passion in training local apprentices within the construction industry was also honoured and awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the event.

But, the real champion of the night was Overall Apprentice of the Year, Heather Beardall. 

The grand finale saw Heather, an apprentice with Morson Group, awarded the highest accolade of the event. Judges whittled down all of the apprentice sector winners to just one person, with Heather walking away triumphant.

On top of the awards, guests and nominees were treated to various musical performances, canapés and Special guests on the night also included the elected City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett and the Chief Executive of Salford City Council, Jim Taylor.

Laura Edwards, an apprentice, award nominee and also the Walkden South candidate for Labour at the time, spoke at the event about her apprenticeship journey, offering inspiration for apprentices and employers alike.

Apprenticeship Awards 2019

The Apprenticeships at Salford City College Annual Awards will be held on Thursday 7 March 2019.

Want to be involved? You will be able to nominate your apprentices and put yourselves forward for an award.

Nominations are now open. Please go to to make your submission.

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