Introducing High Spec Composites, Higher Apprentice Award sponsor

We are delighted to introduce High Spec Composites as the sponsor of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019 Higher Apprentice of the Year Award. High Spec is a leading composites company supplying high-specification carbon fibre components to a range of industries worldwide, specialising in components for Formula One. Executive Director Sarah Jaycock explains why Apprenticeships are so important to the firm and what they're looking for in an Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Award-winning Apprentice...

Tell us about your Award category and what you’re looking for

We will be looking for an individual who has embraced the knowledge and experience provided by their employer and/or training provider and contributed to their company above and beyond expectations. We are keen to see entrants who have an idea of where they would like the Higher Apprenticeship to lead in regards to a future career and who can demonstrate ways in which the Apprenticeship has already benefited them.

Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships

High Spec were the winners of ‘Apprenticeship of the Year’ at the Cherwell Business Awards 2016. We have grown our team gradually over six years of trading with Apprentices forming an integral part of our business plan and expansion. We have trained a number of advanced Apprentices since 2010, all of whom have either been offered full-time employment within our company upon completion or who have moved into exciting roles such as working for leading F1 teams.

What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating? 

We would strongly encourage anyone thinking about entering or nominating to go ahead and do so! As a small local business, we had no expectation of winning our Apprenticeship award but against all odds the trophy now sits proudly in our reception! Winning the award will not only serve to celebrate the fantastic achievements of an inspirational individual but also advertise businesses and career opportunities in an unprecedented way. The time it takes to apply is nothing in comparison to how the award could benefit a company and of course the successful Apprentice. 

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019 are open for entries and nominations until midnight on Friday 25th January. See the Awards page for details. Join us on Twitter @OxonApprentice for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) from 1pm every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2019.