National Apprenticeship Award winners announced

Employers and individuals from around the country gathered at an exclusive ceremony last week to recognise the nation’s top apprentices and apprentice employers.

Six companies, three apprentices and one former apprentice received awards in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014, with categories ranging from the Unilever Award for Higher Apprentice of the Year to the Virgin Trains Award for Newcomer SME of the Year.

The award winners, representing a range of sectors and regions, fought off competition from over 1400 entrants to receive their awards and were congratulated by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at The Skills Show.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Good quality apprenticeships create a fairer society by giving hard working young people the chance to aim for their dream job whilst playing their part in building a stronger economy for Britain. This year’s winners are an inspiration. They show that apprenticeships are an incredible opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. Around half a million people a year take the chance to learn whilst they work and we are on track to celebrate a fantastic milestone– the two millionth apprentice since 2010. So my message to business is don’t stop now – take on an apprentice and invest in new talent.”

The Awards, now in their eleventh year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

The night also saw the publication of the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The list features the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories and showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.

The Deputy Prime Minister added: “The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers have clearly demonstrated how apprenticeships have a major part to play in building great businesses. I would encourage more businesses across England to follow these shining examples and find out how apprenticeships can help them build a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce. For the Top 100 Apprentice Employers recognised in 2014, their great achievement clearly outlines why apprenticeships deliver the skills that young people and the economy need.”

Click here for the full list of winners and  The City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers.