News: Apprentices Celebrate Success

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.

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"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"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. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)