UK’s top apprenticeship employers named

Last night saw a raft of awards handed out to the UK employers that have done the most to develop and improve their young workers through apprenticeships and other training courses.’s Top 100 Employers for School & College Leavers 2016 – 17 Awards were sponsored by EY and supported by Laing O’Rourke and announced winners across 29 categories, including skills development, career progression, training and company culture.

Apprenticeships winners were spread across a range of sectors, with Peugeot Citroen Retail Group named Best Intermediate Apprenticeship Winner, Mercedes-Benz taking the Best Advanced Apprenticeship title, and Barclays named as Best Higher Apprenticeship provider. Lloyds Banking Group, meanwhile, scooped the Best Degree Apprenticeship gong.

Other companies that made it onto the list of best employers included Haymarket Media Group, EE, British Sugar, AXA, Royal Mail Group, 3M, ITV and National Grid (all for Top Advanced Apprenticeship Employers); Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Smith & Williamson, PwC, MHA MacIntyre Hudson and IBM (for Top Higher Apprenticeship Employers); and Lloyds Banking Group, Capgemini, BT, Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays, IBM and RBS (for Top Degree Apprenticeship Employers)


‘A new skills agenda’

New Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, offered his support to the event, saying how important skills training is for school leavers: “I will be a Mayor who leads a new agenda for London, making sure young people and businesses get the skills they need to succeed.

“To achieve that, I am looking forward to working with the employers celebrated tonight to bring as many young people as possible into the London workforce, so our great city can continue to grow.”

Jack Denton, director and co-founder of, said: “Our awards, solely based on the opinions of the people currently participating in these training programmes, help other young people see which areas employers are excelling in, and who offers them the best opportunities.

“By adding new industry specific categories we’re helping young people identify the best employers in the sectors they are most interested in.”