The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 winners are announced

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 winners are announced


Apprenticeships were the subject of much debate last year. Some press was positive. Some negative. Yet on the 18th January 2018, it was time to push all that aside and to celebrate the businesses – small and large – and apprentices who are committed to making apprenticeships work. The Awards recognise excellence in two core areas – business that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a signifcant contribution to their workplace.

In its 14th year, the competition for the National Apprenticeship Awards was tougher than ever. The big winners are all listed below. But we’d like to congratualte all the nominees and winners alike. Together, they’re creating brighter futures.

National Employer Winners:

  • Small Employer of the Year: Beauty Oasis Spa
  • Medium Employer of the Year: Superior Seals Limited
  • Large Employer of the Year: Dale Power Solutions
  • Macro Employer of the Year: Royal Air Force
  • Newcomer SME of the Year: Lander Automotive Ltd
  • Large Employer of the Year: YBS Group (Yorkshire Building Society)

Andy Tupman, Emerging Talent Manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “I’m delighted our apprenticeships programme has been recognised in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017. Our apprentices are a credit not only to themselves but the whole organisation here at Yorkshire Building Society.

“We’re committed to providing great career pathways across a number of business areas whether in one of our head offices or throughout the UK in one of our branches. I'm proud of the culture that we have created and display on a daily basis.

“For us, there's no such thing as a typical apprentice. You could be just out of school, looking to change your career, newly graduated and looking for something different or just out of retirement. There's no average age, no average background and no experience required – we are much more interested in finding applicants with the right values and passion for exceeding customer expectations.”

National Apprentice Winners:

  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Shannon Green, Althams Travel Services Ltd
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Heeran Basi, Severn Trent Water
  • Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Charlotte Hughes, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Apprenticeship Champion of the Year: Sarah Barley, South Hunsley School

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Anne Milton said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate the work so many individuals and employers have done to champion apprenticeships.

“I want to congratulate everyone that was a part of these awards for their contribution to apprenticeships in England. They are all fantastic advocates of hard work and ambition, and they highlight how apprenticeships are a great route into skilled employment for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Also announced on the night was the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list 2017, featuring the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories. The list includes Lloyds Banking Group, EDF Energy and IBM, and shows how diverse the opportunities are now.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said “The National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the breadth of apprenticeships on offer in a range of dynamic industries across the country. Apprenticeships are for everyone and I thank every employer and apprentice celebrated for their passion for, and commitment to, apprenticeships.

 “This year’s winners are all shining examples of how apprenticeships develop outstanding talent whilst enhancing the incredible work of employers. I am certain all of our winners have a bright future thanks to the enriching benefits that apprenticeships bring.”

Friday, 19 January 2018

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