The Herefordshire Group Training Association, part of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association, work with local companies to run their Apprentice schemes and this was the ceremony to give the awards to those who had passed certain training levels. These included NVQ Level 2, EAL Level 2 Diploma, NVQ level 3 in different aspects of engineering, and up top level 4 in Commerce (accounting, customer service, business and administration, warehousing and storage).
Some special awards were made to students who had particular excelled, often against difficult circumstances. The employers who take part in these programmes were also lauded.
The evening was inspired by the story of the Ocean Brothers, so called because two half Brothers, Dr. Greg Bailey (aged 28) and Jude Massey (aged 19) rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for the British Skin Foundation in memory of their late father/step-father who died of skin cancer in 2015. 3,000 miles in 53 days. Much of their equipment failed. though they made light of these set-backs, there must have been times when they thought that they would not survive. Survive they did and told their story in a delightful way. Inspirational. If you feel like giving, click here.
For more information about the Apprentice scheme, click here.