It is with deep regret that ETC has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ETC Apprenticeship Awards. The decision was made in the wake of COVID-19, to allow event sponsors, partners and the employers of apprentices to focus on their business sustainability.
“Cancelling this year’s ETC Apprenticeship Awards has not been taken lightly and we acknowledge the disappointment that this will have on current apprentices and their employers,” says ETC Chairman Paul Minchin.
“As a board we held off making any decisions as we went into Covid-19 lockdown and carefully reassessed the situation post-lockdown,” says Minchin. “The awards rely on sponsorship and ticket sales, and we feel that the timing isn’t right to be asking for money to support the awards this year.”
ETC is committed to running the awards in 2021.
“With the national push to grow apprentice training numbers we look forward to a record amount of entries in the ETC Apprenticeship Awards in 2021,” says Minchin.
The annual ETC Apprenticeship Awards has been running since 2005. At the conclusion of last year’s awards 519 apprentices were recognised for their achievements.
The Engineering Taranaki Consortium (ETC) consists of 14 Taranaki businesses who work together to position Taranaki as a centre of engineering innovation and excellence, building on the region’s world-class businesses and supplier network. Collectively the group employs over 1,000 people, many of whom started their employment journey as apprentices.
For more information, please contact: ETC Chair Paul Minchin 021 255 7374