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Cheshire Business Awards winners hail apprenticeships as key to success

Cheshire & Warrington News

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Apprentice schemes and companies developing their own dedicated staff from the raw materials of youth offer an increasingly valuable solution to staff retention and skills shortages problems.

That was a key conclusion from a debate held by the winners of this year’s Trinity Mirror Cheshire Business Awards.

The event, sponsored by leading law firm SAS Daniels, was staged at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel, named on the night as Cheshire’s Employer of the Year 2017.

Richard Grove, manager of the five star Grosvenor, attributed the hotel’s work with apprentices as one reason for its continuing success. He said it provided valuable benefits set against finding and keeping the right people in the competitive hospitality space.

Jon Butler, founder and managing director of Big Brand Ideas, said: “We’ve got two apprentices and it is working really well. It is great to see apprentices come on; you can actually mould them into what you need as well.”

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