Project Description


This award will celebrate a business that promotes development opportunities in their sector and builds the skills of the workforce of the future.

Judges are seeking a business that is working with schools and/or further education colleges to raise aspirations and provides opportunities for young people to undertake work experience, placements and internships. A business who invests in apprentices, giving them the skills to develop a career. This will include evidence of how you are helping to inform, shape and prepare the next generation to be skilled workforce of the future.

Category criteria

  • How a business has raised aspirations and ambition by promoting career opportunities in their sector, business which is committed to equipping our future workforce with the necessary skills and can demonstrate partnership working with educational bodies

  • Support young people to develop and adapt to changing needs, helping build resilience and confidence

  • Provides valuable work experience placements enabling students to gain hands on experience into ‘the world of work’

  • Evidence of what those experiences have provided, future job placements, testimonials

  • Innovation and creativity

  • Social value of the business or organisation e.g. Apprenticeships (created/sustained),  supporting young people into work, use of local suppliers, use of local skills/labour, bringing other businesses into the supply chain, community engagement/involvement

  • Reasons why the business is passionate about the future workforce and what makes the business stand out from the crowd

Machmade Ltd was last year’s winner of this award – why not take a moment to read about what winning in 2018 meant to their General Manager Phil Allen.

“We were absolutely thrilled to win at the Knowsley Business Awards. Our apprenticeship scheme is key to the success of our business, in order to maintain our ambitious growth targets. We will continue to work closely with Knowsley Council to ensure we attract the right people from the local area.”

Phil Allen, Machmade Ltd
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