BURY apprentices enjoyed a fantastic night of celebration as they scooped several accolades at a regional business awards.

Apprentices and Projects supported by Bury college took home four awards at the 2017 Business for Skills Awards in The Point, Emirates Old Trafford on November 30.

Bury College apprentice Stephanie Moyle was named Advanced Apprentice of the Year, to recognise her achievements during a Team Leading apprenticeship with Eatock Primary School, undertaken to gain skills needed to lead her new office team.

Ms Moyle said: "I was over the moon to be shortlisted for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year, but I was thrilled last night to receive the award.

"I am so grateful to Bury College and Eatock Primary School for supporting me along my apprenticeship journey to get me to where I am today.

"It was an amazing evening and I left feeling so inspired."

She was joined by Anthony Szylak, currently working at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, who took away the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award.

Both Ms Moyles and Mr Szylak were placed by the Employment Gateway, a partnership between Bury College and key agencies in Bury, focused on supporting individuals into employment or starting a new career through a Bury College apprenticeship job.

Pam Early, also from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was recognised with the Learning and Skills Champion of the Year Award.

While Bury College won Outstanding Innovation of the Year Award for the Laboratory Technician apprenticeship programme ran in partnership with Cogent Skills.

Daniele Palacios, Head of Business Development at Bury College, said: "I was very proud that Bury College picked up four awards. The Apprenticeship teams have worked very hard with the employers and Apprentices and the awards reflect their dedication and commitment to Apprenticeships."

Andy Fawcett, Co-Executive Director of the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network, said: “Once again the Skills for Business Awards celebration evening was a huge success.

"Thanks go to all of the individuals, organisations and skills training providers who submitted entries and who demonstrated the true value of investing in skills and who provided great role models for the whole of Greater Manchester.”