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The work of careers leaders and those supporting apprenticeships across the Humber has been put in the spotlight this week as nominations for two prestigious awards ceremonies roll in.

Not only has the Humber area received four nominations at the upcoming Careers Excellence Awards 2019, but one of the Humber’s Enterprise Advisers has also been nominated for her work supporting apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019.

At the Careers Excellence Awards 2019, organised by the Careers and Enterprise Partnership alongside the Gatsby Foundation, there were two nominations for at Huntcliff School in Kirton in Lindsey, North Lincolnshire.

Philippa Hartley, Careers Leader at Huntcliff School, has been nominated in the Careers Leader of the Year category, while Huntfcliff School itself has also been nominated for the Progress from a School or College award.

Meanwhile, in the Innovation of the Year category, Sarah Barley, Trust Director of Employability at The Education Alliance; and Stephen Logan, Social Media and Marketing Manager National Careers Week, who is also employed by The Education Alliance as Deputy Head of Malet Lambert School, Hull, are both nominated for the awards.

Through these awards, in partnership with the Gatsby Foundation, the Careers and Enterprise Company are shining a light on best practice careers provision in schools, colleges, employers, local areas and providers across the country.

Elsewhere, Enterprise Adviser at Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, Nina Stobart, of Phillips 66, is also a finalist for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019, as Apprenticeship Champion of the Year for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 16th Year, showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, and the success stories of those who have embraced apprenticeships with zest.

Apprenticeships are helping employers to thrive and apprentices to follow their dreams. The awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the very best employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions across the country.

Andy Crossland, Chair of the Humber LEP’s Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Group, said: “The Humber LEP congratulates all of the nominees and finalists from our area. The level of nominations and the national recognition they have received clearly demonstrates the huge amount of effort and commitment that education providers and employers in the Humber have made towards careers education, apprenticeships, and the development of employability skills”.

A spokesperson for the Careers and Enterprise Company said: “Congratulations to those shortlisted for the Careers Excellence Awards 2019 and thank you to all who took the time to enter this year’s awards.

“Through these awards, in partnership with the Gatsby Foundation, we are shining a light on best practice careers provision in schools, colleges, employers, local areas and providers across the country.”

Education Minister Kemi Badenoch said: “Congratulations to all of the regional finalists. The National Apprenticeships Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate apprentices, their employers and the huge range of high-quality apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

“As a former apprentice myself, it is just brilliant to see so many employers and individuals being recognised for all their achievements.

“I wish them all the best of luck for the award ceremonies in September.”