This week we have been celebrating some of the fantastic achievements of our apprentices, ending the week with our Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony.

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is the 17th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships. The week brought together businesses and apprentices from across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

We have been proud to support the event once again, showcasing some of our current apprentices and their success stories. Our Employer Relationships Team were on hand to fire up this year’s campaign (pictured below).

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Our Employer Relationships Team launching this year’s NAW 2024 Campaign. L to R – Myka, Charlotte, Rhiannon, Gabrielle, Charlotte and Jane.

Throughout the week, we’ve been hearing from our apprentices and employers and how apprentices are hugely beneficial in the workplace.

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On Wednesday, our Apprenticeship Trainers gathered in the Blue Room.

Our Trainers enjoyed a full day at the Apprenticeship Conference, sharing best practices across all of our Apprenticeship programmes. A special thank you to Dilys Taylor, our Keynote Speaker, for taking the time to visit us to speak with our trainers. We would also like to thank our Apprentice Functional Skills Hub Tutor Emma Stanford for everything she does at Runshaw – Emma’s valuable work and contribution to the apprenticeship programme is very much appreciated!


On Thursday, the stage was set, as we welcomed our apprentices to the Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2024.

We were delighted to welcome our apprentices and their families, alongside our local partner employers and representatives from our governing body including our Chair Alison Watson Bird, Mayor of Chorley Cllr Tommy Gray, Mayor of South Ribble Cllr Chris Lomax, and Head of HR for both South Ribble and Chorley Councils Hollie Walmsley. Not forgetting our compère for the evening – Deputy Principal Martin Rigby, and our Principal Clare Russell, who introduced the evening’s celebrations. We thank everyone for joining us to celebrate our apprentices’ achievements over the last 12 months.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum for once again providing the perfect venue for a memorable evening.

Apprentice of the Year: Amy Ruth Le Marinel – We see lots of learners and the array can be very different, from the ‘keen as mustard’ to ‘do I have to’ learners, but we have a goal to help them be the best they can be, and with Amy that was always the end result. We are delighted to give this award to Amy, a fabulous achievement and well-deserved!
Levy Employer of the Year: Tilemaster – The team offers incredible support to all learners who receive exemplary encouragement throughout their apprenticeship journey. Tilemaster are a wonderful company to work with who aspire to ensure that all leaners are given the opportunity to flourish and strive for the best results. This is evidenced in the recent success stories of learners who have completed their apprenticeships to a distinction standard!
Non-levy Employer of the Year: S&S Northern – S&S Northern have been a fantastic employer to work with. The support given to their apprentice Grace has been great. Grace and Dave – her manager – have a very positive relationship with open communication which supported the progress that Grace has made over the last 12 months.

On Friday, our Apprenticeship team caught up with Runshaw’s very own apprentices.

Our apprentices heard more about the wide range of opportunities and skills that being an apprentice brings. It was great to hear how much everyone values the fantastic learning opportunities that being an apprentice offers and what a life changing experience it can be. As we come to the end of another successful campaign and celebration, we would like to wish all our apprentices continued success for the future.

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Runshaw’s Apprentices with Learning Mentor Patricia Watkins.

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