Manchester's Got The Skills!

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

So it goes

On the 3rd of July, Greater Manchester’s tallest building was filled with some of its most innovative people as the inaugural Skills for Business Awards took place, at the Manchester Hilton. We were up for the Creative and Digital Skills award, which we’re sad to say we missed out on this time. We weren’t too disappointed, recognising that the real winners of the evening were the apprentices and trainees of Manchester, who benefit from the great work done by every single company and institute at the event, sponsored by Pearson.

Flying the flag!

In between courses of a fantastic three-course meal and speeches from local community leaders, including GMCC Chief Executive Clive Memmot, we were entertained by Andy Crane from BBC 5 live and Mock the Week‘s Dara O’Briain, who were on top form. The event was all about celebrating the great work done in Greater Manchester by learning providers and their students, from high schools to employer-led apprenticeships.

Having taken on 12 apprentices last year, we have directly seen the impact vocational training can have on young people, and we loved being given an opportunity to meet and learn about others who have done the same. Apprenticeships are becoming ever more popular as a method of standing out for employment, in an environment saturated with unemployed graduates. We’re glad to be part of a positive change.

The event also gave us a chance (in the latter stages of the evening) to blow the dust off some outrageous dance moves, an area where we surely would have taken home several awards. The evening was a great success, and we’ll definitely be there next time.