House of Lords visit for star Vision West Notts apprentices

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HARD-WORKING apprentices from Mansfield and Ashfield have been recognised at a House of Lords reception in London.

The event at the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, where 15 current and former Vision West Notts apprentices were presented with glass trophies and certificates by Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth.

They were selected by the college from its 5,000 apprentices in recognition of their talent, dedication and contribution to their employer.

Michael Biggs (19), from Skegby, is an electronic engineering apprentice at Eastwood-based Race Technology and was one of the young people who was recognised.

Michael works at the firm for part of the week and studies at West Notts.

He said: “You get the best of both worlds. You get the theory side and then you see what the job is like. It’s great - I’m really enjoying it.”

The college organised the event in recognition of its apprenticeship programme and to showcase the work it does in providing apprenticeship opportunities that benefit both individuals and businesses.

It was hosted by Baroness Prashar, a cross-bench peer and a founding director of the Runnymede Trust.

The guest speakers included Mr Marsden and Adrian Bailey MP, chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee.

Said college principal, Asha Khemka: “It was a wonderful celebration event that provided the opportunity to speak to apprentices, employers and politicians about the difference an apprenticeship can make to both a business and the individual.

“It was a pleasure to see 15 of our own apprentices, selected from the 5,000 we trained last year, formally congratulated for their hard work and contribution to their employer.”