25 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been announced as finalists at the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2018.
Awards finalists, businesses and guests will attend the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards from 6:30pm on Thursday 15 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners of each category will be revealed. Over 320 people are set to attend this year’s event which will be presented by Bafta-nominated TV presenter, Angellica Bell.
A total of twelve awards will be given out to this year’s winners at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. In addition to awards that recognise the apprentices and their supporting organisations, four of the categories will celebrate those who employ apprentices. These are:
Finalists of Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers Association
Two years ago, in partnership with Aston University, Payara started to deliver Degree apprenticeship courses leading to a B.Sc. in Digital and Technology Solutions. They aim to encourage talented individuals to consider apprenticeships as a route into the IT industry as they firmly believe it acts as a bridge between vocational occupation and academic studies. Their apprentices are well respected as individuals by senior team members, who see their growing knowledge and abilities daily.
Thomas Weston Construction Services
Thomas Weston Construction Services are very new to apprenticeships and they wanted to ensure they supported their first apprentice, so they established a good relationship with his parents, keeping them informed of how everything was going and making sure their apprentice was happy. Their story has been used as an apprenticeship case study for school leavers to show the high potential of what they could achieve, and to share their experience with other businesses and encourage them to employ apprentices.
Finalists of Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Buzz Electrical Ltd
The strategic business growth plan for Buzz Electrical is intrinsically linked with their apprenticeship programme, which has been in place for 16 years and provides new talent to complement its existing workforce. Their passion for ‘growing our own’ talent, taking on apprentices and creating local jobs has resulted in 18 school leavers becoming fully qualified electricians since Buzz was founded. Their apprentices have always been fantastic ambassadors as they actively promote the company’s past and present apprentices and continue to encourage new apprentices. The whole business has benefitted from apprentices with employees learning from their new and young perspectives.
Give as You Live
Give as You Live first took on a Marketing apprentice in 2015. They invested in apprenticeships to learn more about what young people could offer to the business and how they wanted to give back to the community. Employing apprentices has greatly helped their organisation from the bottom up and the programme’s impact on the business has been invaluable. They have actively promoted apprenticeships to their key partners and continue to promote how fantastic the scheme is. In the next 12 months they have plans to build and invest in their apprenticeship programme to take on more apprentices.
Finalists of Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by CP Foods UK Ltd
Phosters (FM) Ltd
Phosters decided to invest in apprenticeships to rejuvenate their workforce, streamline their recruitment process and to aid in innovation. Their apprenticeship programme has been extremely successful with 100% of apprentices progressing through the business. Phosters are fully committed to supporting apprentices not only in their studies and development but also in their personal lives. They go above and beyond with the support they are able to provide to young people who may be experiencing difficulties. Their commitment to sharing best practice is evident in their willingness to support college open evenings and events, praising the virtues of the apprenticeship programme.
Sencon UK Ltd
Sencon have a firm commitment throughout the company to make investments in apprentices, it is the way they ensure they have the skills and talent needed for their growing company. Sencon take time to train and mentor their apprentices to ensure they are comfortable in their role. Apprenticeships have allowed Sencon to have engineers with the right skills and a great knowledge of their products, which has been invaluable to the company and instrumental in achieving their growth. They would not hesitate to support and promote apprenticeships through events with current and past apprentices able to share their experiences.
Finalists of Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Amada UK
OGL Computer offer a variety of apprenticeship programmes across their business. They actively support individuals who want to develop and progress their careers within OGL, with the option to move into different teams to expand their learning. Apprenticeships enable them to provide a pipeline of new people coming through the ranks with apprentices encouraged to continue their career with OGL after completion. They often regularly attend careers events and will continue to do so with current and former apprentices to demonstrate the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship. Going forward, OGL has plans to expand into Finance, Marketing and Sales apprenticeships.
Sanctuary Group is a leading provider of housing, care and commercial services. Recognising the enthusiasm and impact young people can bring to an organisation, Sanctuary prides itself on offering a range of opportunities through its apprenticeship programme. Their apprenticeship delivery model embeds the organisation’s core essentials along with bespoke workshops to develop apprentices’ behaviours, skills and knowledge. Apprentices have access to mentors and a dedicated apprenticeship manager, ensuring the apprenticeship journey is maximised. Their apprenticeship ambassadors have engaged in several promotional activities since 2017 and are committed to increase activities through continued engagement to develop further understanding of apprenticeships.
The evening will culminate in the two overall awards from all other winners: Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd and the Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year award sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group.
For a full list of finalists for this year’s awards and for more information on employing an apprentice, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website.
Pictured: Last year’s winner of Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, CP Foods UK Ltd