Warwickshire County Council is highly commended in Apprenticeship Awards

WCC Highly Commended

Warwickshire County Council has been highly commended at the Midlands National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.

Warwickshire County Council was runner up in the region for the Macro Employer of the Year.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth 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.

On Warwickshire County Council being recognised as highly commended, Cllr Kam Kaur, Portfolio Holder for Customers, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition of our work to create over a hundred apprenticeship opportunities at the County Council. Apprenticeships not only equip young people with the skills that they need to prosper in their lives but also deliver real benefits to the council and the wider economy.”

Warwickshire County Council was highly commended in recognition of the contribution it has made as an employer. Apprenticeships at Warwickshire County Council have now reached a record level with more than 130 young people having realised the benefits of taking up an apprenticeship over the past three years. After completing, over 80% have secured roles with the county council while others have taken up employment opportunities elsewhere or have gone on to further education. The award was sponsored by EON.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:

“The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed – in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need.

“Warwickshire County Council has been highly commended in the Midlands Macro Employer of the Year category and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. The recognition of being highly commended is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the county council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “We are so pleased our commitment to offering apprenticeships has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service. Apprenticeships offer an excellent route into employment and offer young people a great opportunity to earn while they learn in a real job, providing a real future.”

To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Awards, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-awards