The seventh annual Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards will once again shine a spotlight on our county’s Apprentices - and the businesses and organisations, training providers and schools that support their journey - recognising the huge contribution they make to our county’s economy at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2023 at Williams F1 Conference Centre.
We're delighted to introduce High Spec Composites as a sponsor of the Oxforshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023. High Spec is a leading manufacturer of aluminium tooling and high-specification carbon fibre components, supplying to a range of industries worldwide, specialising in Formula One and bespoke projects.
Here, Sarah Jaycock, Co-Founder / Director at High Spec - who is a member of the awards committee - explains why the company has chosen to sponsor the awards and what Apprenticeships mean to them.
Why are you supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards?
High Spec has been a passionate supporter of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards, both as a committee member and sponsor since the awards launched in 2017. Having grown our small business through Apprenticeships we understand the great benefits Apprentices can bring to a company and are keen to share our positive experiences with a wider network whilst celebrating star Apprentices throughout Oxfordshire.
Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships
High Spec Composites is a keen advocate of Apprenticeships having grown the business through Apprenticeship programmes since establishment in 2010.
We have a 100% success rate with completion of our Level 3 qualifications and all our Apprentices have been offered full-time positions within High Spec Composites at the end of their learning.
Some of our more ambitious Apprentices have progressed though the business into leadership and management roles and others, with support from High Spec, have launched into exciting roles within F1.
We have found employing Apprentices is not only cost-effective solution for expanding a small business, but also the perfect opportunity to train individuals to bespoke business needs.
What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating?
Over the years we have been applicants, finalists, winners, sponsors, headline sponsors and committee members when it comes to Apprenticeship awards – and we’d strongly encourage anyone thinking about entering to do so!
The application process itself can be incredibly rewarding, regardless of how the application progresses; it can provide the perfect opportunity for both businesses and individuals to appreciate and reflect on the value of their Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship provisions and to celebrate how far they have come.
For those who reach finalist stages, or become winners, you’ll also have an amazing award which can benefit you for many years to come!
WATCH: Sarah explains why employers should enter and what makes a winning entry:
About the Awards
The awards will be open for entries and nominations until midnight on the evening of Friday 17 February 2023. Finalists will be announced during Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (hashtag #OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 on Thursday 20 April 2023. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2023.
If you would like the opportunity to support the Awards, please get in touch.
Join us for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2023.