A Ludlow firm has been crowned Small Employer of the Year 2009 at the Apprenticeship Awards.
Hendra Health Care Ltd demonstrated the tangible returns of investing in employees and apprentices by picking up the title.
At the ceremony, hosted by Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson, people working in industries from motor to marine and from retail to rail came together to celebrate the successes of apprenticeships.
Despite the current economic climate, Hendra Healthcare has grown and improved customer satisfaction due to its belief in the benefits of effective staff development.
Simon Waugh, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said that the Awards were a fitting recognition of apprentices’ achievements and it was encouraging to see employers committed to apprenticeship training.
He said: “Apprenticeships are vital to business in today’s challenging times – particularly as we prepare for the upturn.
“We need a skilled workforce. We need employees that are motivated and fully engaged in what they do so they can build skills to fulfil their potential. Many thousands of employers across the country recognise this and are actively investing in their people every day. The Apprenticeship Awards celebrate “winning by doing”, both for apprentices and employers who employ apprentices,” he said.
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Kevin Brennan said: “Apprentices are playing a crucial role in ensuring Britain overcomes the challenging times ahead. That’s why this Government will fund apprenticeship places for one in five young people by 2020 and make more places available; real help, where our country needs it most.
“These awards have proved that apprentices are ‘doers’ who make things happen, which is why apprenticeships remain a key component of the Government’s economic and employment strategy. Better skills provide measurable benefits and apprenticeships are vital to give the competitive edge we need.”