SocialSidekick win Apprenticeship Award at the Cherwell Business Awards 2017

 Image credit:  Pictured from left to right: Emily Bampton (Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Ambassador), Richard Hunter (Social Sidekick Digital Director), Chloe Welch, Rosie England, Nicole Faulkner (Social Sidekick apprentices) and Rachel Laycock (Social Media Team Leader). Photo credit: Vine House Studios 

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Pictured from left to right: Emily Bampton (Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Ambassador), Richard Hunter (Social Sidekick Digital Director), Chloe Welch, Rosie England, Nicole Faulkner (Social Sidekick apprentices) and Rachel Laycock (Social Media Team Leader).
Photo credit: Vine House Studios 

After being finalists at the Cherwell Business Awards in 2015 and going home empty handed, we were delighted to become finalists once again this year for the Apprenticeship of the Year award. Since 2015, our Apprenticeship Program has gone from strength to strength with even more apprentices completing the Level 3 Social Media and Digital Marketing course with our training provider, Baltic. Our Senior Social Media Executive, Rosie England, is also soon set to complete here Level 4 course with flying colours!

After an incredible, instagram-able Gala Dinner, the prestigious local awards, held at Heythrop Park, heard from a range of businesses, from the Cherwell District, and learnt of their respectable achievements from the past year.

The Apprenticeship of the Year Award, sponsored by Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, was presented by the delightful Emily Bampton, an Apprenticeship Ambassador for the organisation. Despite being up against some tough competition; Fine Lady Bakeries and Prodrive, the judging panel from Oxfordshire Apprenticeships said that Social Sidekick “deserved to step into the spotlight because of the responsibility and trust the firm gives their Apprentices, showing just how brightly they can shine when given the opportunity...They’re not just part of the team – they are the team!”

Following Social Sidekick’s big win, our Digital Director, Richard Hunter, commented,“we are so humbled and excited to have won the Apprenticeship of the Year Award category at the Cherwell Business Awards. It means so much to our team and it really validates everything we have been working towards over the last three years. Having employed 7 Apprentices, we are passionate about training young people to be confident, self-motivated and creative digital marketers. We encourage all businesses, large and small, to consider implementing an Apprenticeship scheme - they are simply brilliant and can change your business in so many positive ways.”

We are also thrilled to reveal that Social Sidekick has been announced as a finalist for the Apprenticeship of the Year Award at the Oxfordshire Business Awards! Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter on the 16th of June for pics from the evening and to hear if we get our second win of the year!