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It was an absolute pleasure to be personally invited to the sixth Annual Conference of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, which saw hundreds and hundreds of people all across the county attending! This was a great opportunity to hear first hand on how Worcestershire is being developed into a creative, connected and dynamic county. Personally, I was most looking forward to how we invest in the future, particularly our future workforce such as apprentices. The free breakfast and lunch was a bonus of course! 🐷

On attending the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards last year, I was taken aback on the statistics of the growth of workforce skills. Today, it was reported that out of all the LEPs, Worcestershire had the strongest growth in higher level workforce skills. This hard work must come down to the dedicated employers, training providers and the work in which Worcestershire Apprenticeships and CSAB have been doing!

During the presentation regarding apprenticeships, I was slightly embarrassed to find that the LEP had used photographs and a video of me speaking about my experiences. Cheers for the heads up guys! I felt myself sink slowly under the table. 😳 Having your face blown up on a massive screen in front of 500 or so people doesn’t sit comfortably with me!

Events such as this just reiterates how proud I am to not only have grown up in Worcestershire but have decided to study an apprenticeship. The end of the conference further celebrated those who have contributed to the county in it’s growth and contribution, this included ‘school of the year’ and ‘outstanding contribution for volunteering’. Massive congratulations for St Augustine’s school in Redditch and to Helena Baxter. Having worked with both, it was completely deserved! Well done to all the others which picked up an award also.

Check me out with Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP- Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove!!

Keep posted on my year. For regular updates, follow me on Twitter @No1_apprentice

Victoria x

Higher Apprentice and Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year 2015

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