The search is under way to find England’s best Apprenticeship employers worthy of joining the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.
Following the success of 2011, the list is being produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds for the second year running. It aims to showcase the companies with the most outstanding and high quality Apprenticeship programmes in the country, proven to deliver tangible benefits for both the business and its apprentices.
To be considered for the Top 100 list, businesses must enter one of the National Apprenticeship Awards’ employer award categories. The highest-scoring entries will have the honour of receiving the Top 100 accolade.
Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds said: “City & Guilds is dedicated to high quality Apprenticeships that enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth. “Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers is part of our Million Extra campaign and aims to inspire other employers to take on apprentices by recognising and celebrating those employers who set an exceptional example to other businesses.”
Last year’s Top 100 list featured employers from the West Midlands including Walsall Council and Finning (UK) Ltd, as well as exemplary smaller and medium-sized organisations such as Hendre Healthcare Ludlow Limited and Michael Beetham Conservation Centre based at RAF Museum, Cosford.
Sonja Howell, Apprenticeship Programme Co-ordinator at Top 100 Employer Procter & Gamble said: “Both the business and our apprentices benefit from the programme.
“It leads to experienced and loyal employees who are able to work to a very high standard and we have seen a host of fresh ideas introduced to the business as a result. It is extremely rewarding to see apprentices succeed and fantastic to have our programme recognised both in the Macro Apprenticeship Awards category and as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer.”
The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2012 will be revealed at the first joint National Training Awards and National Apprenticeship Awards final, which will be held at the opening ceremony of WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show, on November 14 at the NEC in Birmingham. The show, which has City & Guilds as its premier sponsor, is a unique celebration that inspires people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.
Both the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards are now open for entries, competing to be named ‘the best of the best’ on a regional and national level. To enter go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk/awards. Entries close on Friday, May 25, 2012.