MANY Yorkshire apprentices dream of earning a place at the top table.
Now, with help from the Institute of Directors (IoD), the brightest and best have a chance to take their first steps towards a senior management post.
Last night, a select group of Yorkshire apprentices became the first in Britain to be awarded student IoD membership. It’s part of a strategy devised by Natalie Sykes, the IoD’s newly appointed regional director, to support a new generation of budding entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds.
Individual prize winners at the Yorkshire and Humber National Apprenticeship Awards now have the chance to enjoy the benefits of IoD student membership as part of their prize,
Ms Sykes said: “I spent three years as chair of the Young Directors Forum, so I’ve been fortunate to work with some fantastic entrepreneurial stars from our region.
“When the IoD’s student membership was being launched nationally, I asked the membership committee, which I sat on, how we could make this available to our apprentices.
“Apprentices have a great deal to offer industry, and in return, we can nurture talent within our communities.”
The apprentice winners at last night’s awards, which were held at the Carriageworks in Leeds, included Bethany Wilson from Batley.