Ladder’s quartet are city awards finalists

Apprentices from the Black Country are among the finalists in the Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards.

The Ladder for the Black Country team is delighted by the achievements of the four who are apprentices with Walsall-based Performance Through People.

The awards, which will be announced on November 27, are run with the Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign which is creating hundreds of new apprenticeship roles across the city region.

Jodie Louza, who works for Wolverhampton Council, is in contention for the outstanding apprentice of the year (professional services) category with Susan Cruxton, who works for Dignity; Hema Ghale (West Midlands Combined Authority) and Mohammed Islam (West Midlands Ambulance Service) making up the trip of finalists for outstanding apprentice of the year (health, education and care).

Kevin Davis, chief executive of The Vine Trust, chairs both Ladder campaigns and also led the judging panel for the awards.

The awards will be taking place online this year.

Mr Davis said: "It was a very difficult process for me and my fellow judges whose contribution I very much welcomed. I look forward to the awards and dusting off my black tie, even if it's in my living room."

The judging panel included Richard Kendrick, curriculum manager with Performance Through People and Mike Smith, apprentice and employer officer with Oldbury-based BCTG.

To find out more about the Ladder for the Black Country campaign and how employing apprentices can benefit your business, visit

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