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Knowsley Business wins National Apprenticeship Award

by Lisa Bennett

Machmade Ltd. has been named a winner at the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

The awards are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Machmade Ltd. was one of the winners at the Liverpool City Region, Cumbria and Lancashire regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

Knowsley Apprentices

Machmade operates out of a purpose-built unit on Knowsley Business Park, employing 50 people and since 2015, the company has recruited six apprentices through the Knowsley Apprentice programme.

Four of these apprentices are now in permanent jobs with the company after completing their 12 month apprenticeship and two are currently completing their 12 month plumbing apprenticeship.

Phil Allan, General Manager at Machmade said:

“We are extremely pleased and proud to be recognised with this prestigious award from the National Apprenticeship Service. Our commitment to grow the business through the apprenticeship program will continue into the future, we recognise the benefits the scheme brings to our business, the local community and the apprentices themselves.

With the support of the council’s Knowsley Apprentice programme we have been able to develop, train and mould our apprentices into fully qualified Plumbers, Drainage Engineers, Office Administrators and heating specialists, skills they will carry with them throughout their working lives.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“I am delighted that Machmade have won this award. The business is very committed to providing young people with the opportunities they need to get into work and to learn the skills of a trade.

The Knowsley apprentice programme has made a huge contribution to supporting business and has helped over 1,000 young people into apprenticeships since 2008. I would encourage any business to get in touch with the team to find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships.”

Anthony Knowles, Head of National Accounts at National Apprenticeship Service; Phil Allan, General Manager at Matchmade Ltd.; Neil Illingworth, Managing Director at Matchmade Ltd.; Catherine Goodwin, Director of Business and Commercial Operations at Progress to Excellence Ltd. (L – R)

How can an apprentice help your business?

If you’d like to find out how apprentices can help your business, contact the Knowsley Apprentice team on 0151 443 5953 or email theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk