Shortlist announced for the People 1st Apprenticeship Awards

People 1st has announced the shortlist for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards, with exceptional individuals from the retail industry recognised alongside the employers, providers and mentors who promote and deliver their apprenticeships.

Now in its third year, apprentices from the retail industry shortlisted for 2014/15’s awards include Jenna Lucy Unwin of The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop and Daniel Philips of Parkend Village Shop and the Postage Stamp Café, while Argos and First4Skills have been shortlisted for the partnership awards.

Simon Tarr, People 1st managing director, said he was impressed with the volume and calibre of nominations for this year’s awards, commenting: “It’s fantastic to read so many inspiring stories and how beneficial apprenticeship programmes really are for both apprentices and employers. These awards offer us an opportunity to celebrate those who show real commitment and dedication to apprenticeship delivery in our sector.”

Tarr continued; “The Apprenticeship Awards are part of our ongoing commitment toward apprenticeships.  As we continue to manage trailblazers across the sector we are supporting the government’s commitment to increase the quality of apprenticeships through new employer driven standards. These new standards will not only increase the robustness of apprenticeship in our sector, but also develop new and exciting career progression and opportunity in the industry.”

The winners will be announced at an exclusive event at the House of Commons in London on 26th February 2015. 

The full shortlist can be found at