TWO schools in Bromsgrove have been named as finalists for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

The awards recognise outstanding achievements of apprentices and apprenticeships across the county, and well see winners announced by BAFTA-nominated TV presented Angellica Bell at a special ceremony at West Midlands Safari Park on November 15.

North Bromsgrove School student Anthony Hegenbarth has been shortlisted for the Higher Level Apprentice of the Year category, while Catshill Middle School is up for the School of the Year award.

Janet Lodge, assistant headteacher at Catshill Middle School, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the school of the year category of the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

"As a school, we have worked extremely hard at developing our career and enterprise provision as part of our new life skills curriculum and deliver this across years five to eight.

"We will continue to work closely with our enterprise advisor from Bishop Fleming and Worcestershire Apprenticeships to create further opportunities in order to ensure that our pupils develop the skills and have the information that are needed to succeed in a future jobs market.”

Tables for the finals night have gone on sale, with seats costing £85 each, or £800 for a table.

Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "My congratulations go to all finalists for this year’s awards and I wish them the best of luck at the ceremony.

"It’s great to see such a wide range of sectors and locations from across the county represented at the awards and I would urge all interested parties to secure their place at the earliest opportunity.”

Cllr Marcus Hart, cabinet member with responsibility for education and skills, added: "More and more people are recognising apprenticeships as a viable career option, not only as a way to gain relevant industry skills but also as a chance to reach the very top of any profession.”

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