Volvo Group UK and Ireland wins West Midlands ‘Large Employer of the Year’ at the National Apprenticeship Awards

Volvo Group UK and Ireland has won a significant regional award en route to the London finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 when Karen Bailey and Gemma Ferguson accepted the West Midlands’ ‘Large Employer of the Year’ trophy on behalf of the company at a ceremony held at the Sketchley Grange Hotel, Hinckley, Leics.
Volvo Group UK and Ireland has won the West Midlands’ ‘Large Employer of the Year’ trophy

The award automatically enrols Volvo Group UK and Ireland into the top 100 employers for apprenticeships.

A total of 91 employers and 84 individuals are competing for awards in ten categories in the regional stages of the National Apprenticeship Awards, after beating off competition from almost 800 entries.

Karen Bailey, Head of Competence Development Volvo Group UK and Eire commented, "We are thrilled to have won this award in recognition of all the hard work, innovation and teamwork delivered by the teams at both Volvo Group and Stephenson College of Coalville. Apprentices are exceptionally important to our business as, not only are they the leaders of tomorrow, but they offer those ‘difficult to recruit' skills that are essential to satisfying our customers of today."

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Anne Milton said, "The National Apprenticeship Awards are a fantastic way to demonstrate the incredible benefits and contributions of both apprentices and their employers across the country."

After completion of the National Apprenticeship Awards' regional ceremonies, winners will progress to the next stage of the competition, where a national judging panel will assess their applications. The National finalists will be announced in December and will all be invited to the final ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 18th January 2018.

Sue Husband, Director, National Apprenticeship Service notes, "Our awards are an exciting opportunity to recognise the hard work and success of apprentices and the commitment of apprenticeship employers. The regional finalists announced demonstrate promise, drive and have a real enthusiasm for the apprenticeship programme.

Our finalists show clearly the impact of apprenticeships on skills and on how businesses perform. I applaud every finalist for getting this far and I look forward to celebrating the achievements and loyalty of winners. I wish everyone the best as we move into the next phase of this competition."