There were celebrations all round as Pershore College won Training Provider of the Year at the recent Worcestershire Apprentice Awards.
The ceremony, organised by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, saw 25 awards given to the county’s best apprentices, apprenticeship employers, schools and training providers at the ceremony held at West Midland Safari Park.
This award, sponsored by housing association Sanctuary Group, was handed out to a training provider which excels in its contribution to Worcestershire Apprenticeships.
It was given in recognition for its work in the delivery of a range of land-based apprenticeships in horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture and agriculture since the UK government implemented a range of significant reforms to apprenticeship funding, what they contain and deliver.
Pershore College delivers a wide range of apprenticeship training to more than 300 apprentices working with more than 100 employers in the Worcestershire area. The horticulture college is part of WCG, a group of seven further education and specialist colleges based in Warwickshire and Worcestershire and is one of the largest training providers in the West Midlands.
Judy Chadwick, Worcestershire LEP Skills Lead, said: “Pershore is a specialist college with a distinctive horticulture heritage. The combination of state-of-the-art teaching laboratories alongside traditional agricultural engineering workshops means it plays a key role in the advancement of the essential land-based sector skills that the Worcestershire region needs to economically prosper. I congratulate the apprenticeship team on winning this well-deserved award.”
Mark Eden, Director of Work Based Learning, Pershore College, said: “I feel very proud to have the opportunity to accept this prestigious award in recognition of all the hard work the work-based learning team at Pershore have invested in their apprentices over the last year.
“We take pride in having excellent industry knowledge which enables us to offer the flexibility to design apprenticeships to meet the specific needs of the employers we are working with. In recent years we have increased our capacity to deliver to both large and small employers alike and have been one of the first colleges to offer the new apprenticeship standards across the land-based sectors.
“The apprenticeship landscape has changed considerably and the Pershore team have been at the forefront of these, adopting and developing apprenticeship standards to support the local and national employer base.”