Three Sefton apprentices have been shortlisted for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award, sponsored by St Helens College, at the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2013. Put forward by their training providers or employers, the three hopefuls were shortlisted from hundreds of nominees following the first round of judging. The winning apprentice will be announced at the gala award ceremony at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on March 12.

Hopeful of being awarded for their hard work and dedication to learning the ropes in their chosen industry, the young apprentices have demonstrated excellence in their fields. The three young Sefton hopefuls are:

•Craig Sharman, trained by Peel Ports and employed by Jaguar LandRover in their Halewood plant.
•Jessica Oates, trained by Southport College and employed by STORM Consultancy, an environmental management firm.
•Wayne Dowling, trained by Myerscough College and employed by Glendale Liverpool as a sports groundsman.

Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Tourism, said:

“Apprenticeships are a tried and trusted way of giving people the skills and experience needed to find permanent work in these challenging times.

“The awards are a great opportunity to reward the hard work and dedication of these workers while also recognising the commitment that our businesses demonstrate in maintaining and developing these skills for future generations.”

The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2013 will celebrate the region’s best and brightest young apprentices as well as the employers who support their training and career development. Sefton’s three shortlisted individuals will join other nominees from across the city region that will be recognised for their commitment, contribution, success and progress during the awards ceremony.

The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2013 take place at St George’s Hall, Liverpool on Tuesday, March 12.

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