Celebration of Success at Skills for Business Awards 2017

Bury College celebrated success at this year’s Greater Manchester Skills for Business Awards. The college took home four awards in recognition of its exceptional commitment to providing learning opportunities to businesses, individuals and communities in Greater Manchester.

The 2017 Skills for Business Awards, in association with Pearson, took place on Thursday 30th November at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford. Bury College was delighted to win Outstanding Innovation of the Year Award for the Laboratory Technician apprenticeship programme developed and run in partnership with Cogent Skills and funded through GMCA.

Award winning apprentices included Stephanie Moyle, who was crowned Advanced Apprentice of the Year and works at Eatock Primary School, and Anthony Szylak, who took away the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award and is currently working at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Both apprentices were placed by the Employment Gateway, a partnership between Bury College and key agencies in Bury, which is a service focused on supporting individuals into employment or starting a new career through a Bury College apprenticeship job.

In addition to the above awards, Pam Early from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust was recognised with the Learning and Skills Champion of the Year Award. Pam worked closely with Bury College Employment Gateway to arrange an open day where 14 unemployed individuals aged between 16-24 were invited into the Trust. Through activities, presentations, group discussions and one-to-one interviews, 11 attendees were offered apprenticeship jobs.

The awards evening was hosted in partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network.

Bury College apprentice Stephanie Moyle was honoured to have won the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award. Stephanie was recognised for exceptional achievements during her Team Leading apprenticeship which she chose to undertake to help her gain the skills needed to lead her new office team.

Stephanie said, “I was over the moon to be shortlisted for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year, but I was thrilled last night to receive the award. I am so grateful to Bury College and Eatock Primary School for supporting me along my apprenticeship journey to get me to where I am today. It was an amazing evening and I left feeling so inspired!" 

Daniele Palacios, Head of Business Development at Bury College, was delighted, “I was very proud that Bury College picked up four awards. The Apprenticeship teams have worked very hard with the employers and Apprentices and the awards reflect their dedication and commitment to Apprenticeships.

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