Among two of the most important topics in our society right now are opportunities for young people and care of our elderly and vulnerable.

Both (though not necessarily at the same time!) are high on the agendas of our politicians and business leaders in one way or another.
Kirsty of Bluebird Care at the 2014 Care Awards
Chris Pallett of Bespoke Computing Ltd, Kirsty of Bluebird Care, and Baroness Grey-Thompson at the 2014 Care Awards

It’s also why it was a natural move for Bespoke Computing to continue for another year in its backing of the Shropshire Care Awards – and this time to support the Learner of the Year category.

As a company we have experienced first hand the benefits that giving an opportunity to a young person to learn can bring to the business as well as the individual.

Our latest apprentice, Kirsty Downward, was herself named Apprentice of the Year in the Telford Young Professionals Awards in 2015.

We’ve been delighted to give Kirsty her opportunity to learn and grow and she has rewarded us with enthusiasm, commitment and a will to learn and live up to the Bespoke Computing values on customer service.

The Care Awards are organised by Shropshire Partners in Care (SPIC), which is a representative body for more than 200 care providers around our county, both those providing care and nursing homes and those who look after people in their own homes.

We would all be the poorer if such an organisation wasn’t driving forward standards and an emphasis on recruiting the best people and making sure they are properly prepared for, and supported in, their roles.

And with 200-plus members who provide thousands of jobs, that’s an awful lot of opportunity to help people get a foot on the professional ladder!

The Care Awards 2016 take place on April 15th this year. We’ll be there full of enthusiasm to support the Learner of the Year, as well as the other deserving winners on the day!