Northumberland College has supported the awards for several years and is this year sponsoring the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award.
A spokesman said: “The Apprentice/Trainee Award recognises those that have shown dedication to the apprenticeship scheme through their mentorship, so we encourage employers to enter the awards and celebrate their staff commitment.”
The college works with around 1,000 businesses across the North East, from sectors as diverse as construction to craft food manufacturing. It offers high-quality training that includes one of the largest ranges of apprenticeships in the region, with more than 40 subject frameworks.
Its Business Training Solutions team delivers tailored training to meet employer needs and services to businessess, which include candidate matching.
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The awards, organised by Northeast Press, publisher of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader, and Tweeddale Press, publisher of the Berwick Advertiser, are now in their ninth year.
There are 12 different categories and the winners will be announced at a special celebration dinner at Linden Hall on Thursday, February 2.
Other sponsors so far are Port of Blyth; Linden Hall; Northumberland County Council and Arch.
Entries are now being sought for the competition. The closing date is Monday, January 9.
THE 12 CATEGORIES AND HOW TO ENTER
The competition is open to any businesses based in Northumberland.
Categories are: Small Business of the Year (under 10 employees); Large Business of the Year (11-plus employees); Employer of the Year; Apprentice/Trainee of the Year; Innovation Award; New Business (under two years); Best Green Business; Corporate Social Responsibility Award; Exporter of the Year; Leisure Award; Creative Industries Award; and Lifetime Achievement Award.