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This year, South & City College Birmingham (SCCB) hosted its fifth annual Sir Doug Ellis Apprenticeship Awards at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel on the 15th March.

The 200 attendees comprised of students, employers, MPs, corporate partners and distinguished visitors, including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, MP Jack Dromey and the widow of Sir Doug Ellis OBE, Lady Ellis.

The purpose of the evening was to celebrate the success of both young people and local businesses, presenting deserving individuals with awards from numerous categories. It was an inspirational affair, conducted with both humour and emotion.

President and Ambassador of South & City’s InBusiness Network, Tom Ross, was the MC for the evening. This year, Tom won the ‘Special Recognition’ award due to the dedication and support shown towards the college and its students.

2014’s BBC Apprentice winner, Mark Wright, was the guest speaker at the Awards, where he provided an insight into his journey from winning the show to founding and developing digital marketing agency, Climb Online, in partnership with Lord Sugar.

Mark Wright commented, “I am extremely honoured to have spoken at South & City College Birmingham’s Apprenticeship Awards and felt extremely encouraged to have witnessed so many bright and driven young professionals receive their awards.”

Due to an increase in demand, South & City College offer a range of apprenticeships, including higher apprenticeships, designed to give individuals the skills, experience and training required for their chosen job role within their industry sector.

Each scheme provides both a work and knowledge-based learning qualification, alongside the choice to progress via the apprenticeship scheme or pursue full-time employment.

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South & City College Birmingham, said, “The South & City College Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards have been successfully running for five years now, bringing together some of our most successful apprentices. We’re extremely proud of our apprentice programmes and have seen a staggering number of students pursue their chosen career ventures with a great start.”

Steve Dourass, Business and Community Manager at South & City College, added, “Building relationships with local businesses is key to the futures of our young people. Our college team are very proud to see first-hand how creating those vital links and platforms is continuing to make a real difference to the lives of our students.”

South & City College raised a total of £4000 for its supporting charity of the year, Cure Leukemia. Award sponsors included the National Federation of Builders, Open College Network West Midlands, Subway, Asian Today, Protocol and Cache.

The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Porsche Centre Solihull, The Belfry, Free Radio, DeVere Wines, Chung Ying and Lyon’s Boat Yard were the sponsors for the raffle prizes.

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