APPRENTICES and employers across Darlington are being encouraged to enter the 2014 National Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards, which are run by the National Apprenticeship Service, are now open for entries to compete to be named ‘the best of the best’ on a regional and national level.

Nick Wilson, North-East deputy director for The Skills Funding Agency, said: “The awards recognise the success of employers in growing their own talent and developing a motivated, skilled and qualifies workforce.

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“They also recognise the crucial role skills play in helping individuals develop fulfilling careers.

“Entering is a real opportunity for employers and individuals to gain the recognition they richly deserve for building the national skills base.”

Now in their eleventh year, the 2013 winners have seen significant benefits from taking part.

Entries close on March 28. Visit