Apprentices and businesses celebrated at the Microsoft awards ceremony

IT giant Microsoft recently celebrated the achievements of its apprentices and its partner businesses in a prestigious awards ceremony. Microsoft works with training providers Remit IT Academy, QA, Firebrand and Baltic, plus 30,000 IT businesses across the UK to deliver its dedicated apprenticeship scheme.

The company aims to get 300,000 16 to 24-year-olds into employment by 2015 as part of its Get On programme launched in 2009. Jamie Sauvarin who works at BrightStarr in Eashing, won the 2013 Apprentice of the Year accolade after being nominated by his employer. Mark Hoban, minister of state for employment presented the award.

Sauvarin said: “I have really enjoyed my time at BrightStarr so far and I am so happy to have won this award. My apprenticeship has made me even keener to work in IT and has given me a chance to get the skills I need to do that. I would like to say thank you to Microsoft, BrightStarr and Remit for giving me this opportunity.”

Hugh Milward, director of corporate affairs at Microsoft, said: “There is a huge wealth of talent here in the UK and it is really important to celebrate the achievements of these apprentices, who have developed their skills and started an apprenticeship during tough economic times. The great news is that these young people are now firmly on the career ladder; 93 per cent of Microsoft apprentices stay with our partner businesses and move into a fully qualified role. These awards recognise their hard work, determination and achievements so far, which will stand them in good stead for a successful career in IT and will help maintain the talent pipeline we have in the UK.”