MORE than 140 guests have celebrated the achievements of apprentices from across Lancashire.

The event, hosted by Runshaw Business Centre, was held at St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall.

With more than 500 Apprentices recruited this year and more nominated than ever before, judging was extremely tough.

Five trophies were handed out by Runshaw Principal Simon Partington, recognising the commitment and progression of apprentices from business and administration, hospitality and catering, social housing, health and social care and the early learning sectors.

Mr Partington, said: "More and more young people and adults are now choosing apprenticeships as the best pathway to develop their knowledge, skills and careers; and they really are a fantastic option for both employees and employers.”

“This event is a wonderful way to recognise and celebrate the success of all our apprentices and the incredible support that they have received from their employers and the staff at Runshaw College.”

Adrian Roscoe, Business Centre Manager at Runshaw College, added: “This has been an incredible year for Apprenticeships at Runshaw and the awards are a fantastic way for us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Apprentices. We are extremely proud of them all and have high hopes for their futures.”

Jennifer Clough, Principal Economic Development Officer at South Ribble Borough Council said, “The evening was a great success. It was inspiring to hear what the Apprentices have achieved and see the range of businesses involved.”

Guest speakers included Steve McMahon, Managing Director of S&S Northern, Stephen Greenhalgh, CEO of St Catherine’s Hospice and Heather Wright, Director at Advance Performance.