Wakefield College has named our Trust as apprentice employer of the year in their apprenticeship awards 2019.
The awards took place on Monday 4 March and were presented in the company of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield. We were nominated for our apprentice levy programme and the apprenticeship diplomas we fund and deliver through the college.
As well as our Trust nomination two of our employees were also nominated in the higher apprentice of the year category. Jan Spence, manager of Yorkshire Smokefree in Calderdale and Judith Megson, team manager in our Kirklees older people’s services, were named as finalists in the annual awards, with Judith being chosen as a winner.
The awards celebrate the exceptional contribution apprentices make to their workplace and the employers who showcase the commitments, contribution and success that apprentices have brought to their organisation.
Judith Megson said: “I was really surprised and pleased to have won the award. It was great to have our hard work recognised as both Jan and I have put a lot of work into our course. It was a lovely night with a brilliant atmosphere and great to see the Trust represented and supported.”
Jan Spence said: “It was a fabulous night and it felt like a real pleasure to be nominated. At the awards they read out a piece about each finalist which was lovely to hear. I was really pleased to see Judith and the Trust win and it was an honour to have been shortlisted.”
Andrew Cribbis, head of leadership and management development, said: “It’s a great achievement for the Trust to win this award. It reflects the hard work of the learning and development service, and all the apprentices who have contributed to the programme. It is a great way for our staff to learn and develop, and benefits our Trust through the advanced skills they bring back.
“Our learning and development programme is not just about the apprenticeship scheme but includes many ways in which our staff can develop both personally and professionally. As a learning Trust we encourage our staff to take part in learning, education, training and development, and use their newly acquired skills to help improve our services for everyone.”
Our Trust offers a range of apprenticeship programmes, enabling our existing and new staff to enhance their skills and creating a fantastic opportunity for people to step into learning. We are currently recruiting for health care support worker apprentices – apply now on NHS Jobs.