Posted on 6th December 2018
Apprentices celebrate success
Over seventy newly qualified plumbers, gas engineers and electricians from Burgess Hill’s Steve Willis Training Centres were joined by their families and employers at the 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation Evening this week.
Held at the Kings Centre, it was a chance to celebrate their hard work and to mark the completion of their gas, plumbing and electrical apprenticeships with the presentation of certificates and several special recognition awards including Apprentice of the Year in each trade.
This year Steve Willis Training Centres were not just giving out the prizes, as the company has recently been awarded Highly Commended in the prestigious City & Guilds Training Centre of the Year Lion Awards. Megann McKinnon from City & Guilds came down from London to present the trophy.
There was also a charity auction and raffle, raising over £500 for Burgess Hill Youth, with prizes including a Porsche Driving Experience at Silverstone donated by Porsche Centre Mid-Sussex.
Almost 200 people enjoyed the celebration, including the Town Mayor of Burgess Hill and leading industry representatives from companies including Worcester-Bosch who sponsored the individual awards.
Managing Director Steve Willis commented: “Our apprenticeship training is going from strength to strength, and I am delighted to see our highest ever number of apprentices graduating this year. I wish them well as they continue their careers.”
Steve Willis Training Centres has over 17 years’ experience in gas, plumbing and electrical training.
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."