IOEE / SFEDI Group Media release
03 November 2015
HOUSE OF LORDS AWARDS NOMINATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS APPRENTICEMAKER
• Winner to be announced at the 2015 Celebrating Enterprise Awards, held at the House of Lords on Wednesday 4th November
•Andrew Kunman will be attending this prestigious event
Andrew Kunman is one of three people to be nominated for the Small Business Apprenticeship award.
The annual event is hosted by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI). It brings together educators, entrepreneurs and other key figures from the UK’s small business, enterprise and skills sector.
The Small Business Apprenticemaker Award is given in recognition of an individual who has championed the apprenticeship model in their own enterprise and beyond, demonstrating a dedication to extolling the benefits of apprenticeships for learners, SMEs and the wider economy.
Andrew Kunman founded Apprentice Supermarket to help disengaged young people develop the skills they need to enter the workplace. His innovative programmes build self-belief and employability skills with a cohort of learners that would otherwise struggle to find employment. Andrew was inspired to set up the business based on his own experiences. Failed by education, Andrew’s first boss took the time to mentor and guide him, helping Andrew start a career that went from the shop floor to the boardroom. Andrew set up Apprentice Supermarket to provide that same opportunity to others and, through his passion and commitment, his small business has now assisted over 200 disengaged young people to access essential training and support, and helped local employers find great candidates who are ready for work.
Other nominees include Anne Wilson and Clare Vertigen.
Andrew Kunman said:
"Being nominated for this award is an honour I share with those who started on this long journey with me in 2011. Together, we’ve guided those facing the hardest challenges of today’s society to success through apprenticeships. So it’s not only me who's proud of this nomination, we all are!”
Sophie Hardwick, Sfedi’s apprenticeships lead, said:
"The thinking behind Apprentice Supermarket shows real insight into the challenges faced by young people looking to make their first foray into the world of work. Intelligently designed and boasting excellent real world application, Andrew has spotted a need and met it brilliantly.”
• A photograph of Andrew Kunman at the House of Lords event will be available from Thursday 5th November