Introducing OxLEP, Apprenticeship Ambassador Award sponsor

We are delighted to introduce Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) as the sponsor of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019 Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year Award.

OxLEP champions our county's economic potential, driving a dynamic economy that boasts many world-class assets. The OxLEP Skills team work with schools and employers across the county to facilitate careers and enterprise activities that help young people prepare for the world of work.

Chief Executive Nigel Tipple explains why Apprenticeships are so important to OxLEP and why they're keen to shout about Apprenticeship successes...

"Apprenticeships offer young people the fantastic opportunity to earn whilst they learn; developing skills and putting them to use in a workplace environment as they work towards a specific, nationally recognised qualification. For businesses – it is a superb way of attracting fresh, new talent which may otherwise be lost to competitors. As a county we need to invest in skills to ensure we are equipped to maximise economic opportunities and continue to attract business to the county."

"The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards highlights the excellent work performed by Apprentices, schools, training providers and employers, as well as their overall contribution to our local economy."

"These Awards play an essential role in raising the profile of Apprenticeships to both young people and the business community across the county. We want everyone to know about the amazing experiences of Oxfordshire’s Apprentices and the exemplary work being done by employers to equip their workforce with essential new skills and qualifications."

The Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year Award is a particularly important one to OxLEP, as Oxfordshire's Apprenticeship Ambassadors support the work of the OxLEP Skills team by attending events and taking part in activities to share their Apprenticeship experiences with young people to help inspire and inform the next generation of Apprentices.

Pictured above is Julia Cook, clothes designer and founder of Tickittyboo and Tickittyshake, taking part in a Human Library for Year 10 students at Chipping Norton School organised by OxLEP Skills.

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 for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) from 1pm every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2019.