Re­gion’s em­ploy­ers scoop train­ing awards

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YORK­SHIRE FIRMS scooped five awards at the North East round of The Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards 2017.

The win­ners in­cluded Lloyds Bank­ing Group in Hal­i­fax, York­shire Build­ing So­ci­ety in Brad­ford, Dale Power So­lu­tions in Scar­bor­ough, Eb­s­ford En­vi­ron­men­tal in Wake­field and Blue Logic in Leeds.

The Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards, now in their 14th year, show­case the ben­e­fits of ap­pren­tice­ships across Eng­land. The win­ners were an­nounced at an awards cer­e­mony at the Royal York Ho­tel.

The or­gan­is­ers said the win­ning firms showed how ap­pren­tices have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to their work­place.

Lloyds Bank­ing Group in Hal­i­fax won Macro Em­ployer of the Year.

Lloyds’ se­nior ap­pren­tice­ships man­ager Kathryn Marshall said: “We are proud that our com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing qual­ity ap­pren­tice­ships has been recog­nised by the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards.

“Ap­pren­tice­ships pro­vide in­di­vid­u­als with the rel­e­vant skills and ed­u­ca­tion they need and it is a key part of our tal­ent and de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

“As part of our com­mit­ment to Help­ing Bri­tain Pros­per, we are on track to cre­ate 8,000 ap­pren­tice­ships across the group by 2020.”

Dale Power So­lu­tions won Large Ap­pren­tice Em­ployer of the Year.

Its CEO Tim Wilkins said: “Be­ing a com­pany with un­der 300 em­ploy­ees makes us rel­a­tively small for the Large Em­ployer cat­e­gory so we were thrilled to win this award for the York­shire and Hum­ber re­gion.

“One third of our ap­pren­tices are fe­male and hav­ing two of our ap­pren­tices, Mick­yle Clark and Han­nah Magowan, awarded with Higher/De­gree Ap­pren­tice and Ad­vanced Ap­pren­tice in the re­gional fi­nals is the ic­ing on the cake.”

Ms Magowan said: “Since join­ing Dale Power So­lu­tions, I have been given a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn, and show my ca­pa­bil­i­ties through­out the work­place. I wish to com­plete my ad­vanced ap­pren­tice­ship gain­ing my level 2 and 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tions in elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing, and then start a higher ap­pren­tice­ship to gain my level 4 and 5 qual­i­fi­ca­tions. I also wish to con­tinue ro­tat­ing around the de­part­ments of the busi­ness to get a full pic­ture of how the busi­ness op­er­ates, and then get a po­si­tion in the area where I am most valu­able to the com­pany.”

Si­mon Heafield, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Blue Logic, said the firm was thrilled that its ap­pren­tice­ship scheme was a win­ner.

“Here at Blue Logic we are firm be­liev­ers in the value of ap­pren­tice­ships to busi­nesses and the lo­cal econ­omy,” he said.

“We have built a suc­cess­ful en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages our team to grow and de­velop in the work­place. The ap­pren­tices we have brought into Blue Logic so far have made a real dif­fer­ence to our or­gan­i­sa­tion and made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion.’’

The awards also recog­nised in­di­vid­ual ap­pren­tices. Sarah Bar­ley from Hun­sley School won Ap­pren­tice Cham­pion of the Year

The York­shire win­ners will now en­ter the na­tional awards.

Sue Hus­band, di­rec­tor at the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Ser­vice, said: “The Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards al­low tal­ented ap­pren­tices and com­mit­ted em­ploy­ers from across our re­gions to re­ceive well-de­served recog­ni­tion for their ap­pren­tice­ship achieve­ments.

“In turn, I hope that the exposure given to win­ners en­cour­ages more em­ploy­ers and in­di­vid­u­als to get in­volved.”

Na­tional award win­ners and the Top 100 Em­ploy­ers will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony to be held on Jan­uary 18 in Lon­don.

Spon­sors for the North East, York­shire and Hum­ber awards were YH Train­ing, Px Group, York­shire Hous­ing, Leeds Col­lege of Build­ing and Baltic Train­ing. Com­ment: Page 14.

MICK­YLE CLARK: Ap­pren­tice at Dale Power So­lu­tions, which is based in Scar­bor­ough.

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