College proud once more to support major awards event

NORTHUMBERLAND College has joined the growing list of sponsors for an annual wards event which honours the best of business in the county.

The college is backing the Apprenticeship Ambassador Award category at the 2012 Northumberland Business Awards.

The section recognises and celebrates employers who are committed to developing their workforce through apprenticeships, and can demonstrate the benefits gained from their commitment to them.

The college has 600 apprentices from Berwick in the north to Hexham in the west and is currently working with more than 500 companies training their staff in subjects ranging from engineering to equine and catering to business administration as well as many others.

Eight of the apprentices actually work and study at the college in areas including supporting teaching and learning, administration, sport, animal care and horticulture.

Over the past year the college has seen a 66 per cent increase in the number of students on apprenticeship programmes, and this growth can be attributed to the work of the business development team.

The team, which has doubled in size in the past year, pro-actively builds relationships with employers across the region to develop training programmes that meet their specific needs and create opportunities for young people.

Business development co-ordinator Liz McMillan, pictured, said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious event for the fourth year running.

“The college is committed to helping businesses develop and increase their workforce through training and are thrilled to be sponsoring the Apprenticeship Ambassador Award for Northumberland based businesses.

“We work with a range of businesses from large companies including Persimmon Homes, Bernicia and Newcastle City Council to sole traders in all types of industry, each of them benefit from the talent and enthusiasm that an apprentice brings to the role.

“We are looking forward to hearing the story of the winning company’s experience of apprentices.”

Organised by Northeast Press, publisher of the News Post Leader and sister titles the Morpeth Herald and Northumberland Gazette, along with Tweeddale Press newspaper the Berwick Advertiser, the awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner at Linden Hall Hotel near Morpeth on Thursday, November 15.

The categories include best business start-up, keep it local, training award, entrepreneur of the year, business in the community, technology award, green business of the year, outstanding contribution, and Northumberland tourism award.

To enter, fill in the nomination form on this page and e-mail it to

The closing date for entries is Sunday, October 21.