School tops ap­pren­tice awards

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The Wokingham Paper - - BUSINESS - By JAMES HASTINGS

TWO Wok­ing­ham busi­nesses came out tops in the first-ever Berk­shire Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards.

Maiden Er­legh School won the Most In­no­va­tive Ed­u­ca­tion-Based Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­mo­tion Ini­tia­tive Award the Best Adult Ap­pren­tice Award went to Kyle Mar­shall of Wok­ing­ham-based Ja­cobs.

The event, hosted by Legoland Wind­sor, is aimed at show­cas­ing the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion ap­pren­tice­ships make to learn­ers, busi­nesses and the lo­cal econ­omy.

Berk­shire Ap­pren­tice­ship Ser­vice is hosted by Slough As­pire.

Com­ment­ing on the in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tion Slough As­pire’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Jones said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity to put ap­pren­tice­ships cen­tre stage. All our nom­i­nees are tes­ta­ment to the dif­fer­ence ap­pren­tice­ships can make, with th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions all reap­ing the many re­wards from se­cur­ing skilled em­ploy­ees for the fu­ture, im­pact­ing their bot­tom line to breath­ing fresh life into their busi­ness and im­prov­ing staff loy­alty and train­ing.”

“Yet de­spite all th­ese huge ad­van­tages Berk­shire still tails be­hind the na­tional pic­ture with only 6% of work­places in the county hav­ing an ap­pren­tice, ver­sus 12% na­tion­ally. We need to shine a light on ap­pren­tice­ships to en­cour­age more or­gan­i­sa­tions to step for­ward and em­brace the ap­pren­tice­ship ad­van­tage.”

Paul Reilly, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Peter Brett As­so­ciates, now part of Stan­tec, added: “We’re de­lighted to have been hon­oured by the Berk­shire Ap­pren­tice­ship Ser­vice for the work we do to sup­port and de­velop ap­pren­tice­ships.

Th­ese awards not only recog­nise the per­for­mance and qual­ity of our ap­pren­tices but they also ac­knowl­edge the hard work that our ex­pe­ri­enced teams and man­agers put into sup­port­ing and coach­ing our younger staff.”

The win­ners for the awards were all de­cided on by a panel of ex­pert judges of lead­ing fig­ures and em­ploy­ers from across Berk­shire.

Roll of hon­our

Best Train­ing Provider Award: West

Berk­shire Train­ing Con­sor­tium

Most In­no­va­tive Ed­u­ca­tion-Based Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­mo­tion Ini­tia­tive Award: Maiden Er­legh School

Best Ap­pren­tice Em­ployer (non-levy payer)

Award: The For­bury Group

Best Ap­pren­tice Em­ployer (levy-payer)

Award: PBA now part of Stan­tec

Star Ap­pren­tice Man­ager Award: An­drew

Gadd, Ar­vato UK

Star Achiever Ap­pren­tice Award: Erica

Deane, PBA now part of Stan­tec

Best Young Am­bas­sador Ap­pren­tice Award:

Vikas Khan, Ar­vato UK

Best Adult Ap­pren­tice Award:

Ja­cobs

For fu­ture in­for­ma­tion on the Berk­shire Ap­pren­tice­ship Ser­vice visit www.sloughaspire.com. Kyle Mar­shall,

Ja­cobs scooped best adult ap­pren­tice at the first-ever Berk­shire Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards

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