It was win, win, win for Dale Power Solutions at the regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards on 10th October. Not only did Dale take the award for Large Employer but apprentices won the Advanced Apprentice category and Higher/Degree Apprentice. Having now won at regional level all three will be entered into the nationwide competition to compete with the country’s elite. Finalists will be announced in November and the winners in January 2018.
Sue Husband, Director of 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.
“Winners recognised at these awards show the range of sectors and variety of job roles apprenticeships are available in, and how they can deliver the skills employers need. I congratulate all winners on their success so far and the very best of luck in the next stage of the competition.”
The Awards, now in their fourteenth 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 being announced as Large Employer winner (sub 5,000 employees), Mark Carter, Business Support Manager at Dale Power Solutions said: “Being a company who consistently challenges itself on building a sustainable future through our apprenticeship scheme we are thrilled to win this award in 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, Hannah and Mickyle are real assets to the business and the recognition is well deserved.”
Dale chief executive officer Tim Wilkins added: “As a recognised Cornerstone Employer our grass-roots strategy to solve a skills shortage in the industry is in its tenth year and we are proud to have apprentices at all levels working within the business. Our Ambassador programme is thriving and our apprentices will continue to work with schools and colleges to combat the wider issue of social mobility in our area.”
Dale Power Solutions is no stranger to the NAS Awards having won Highly Commended Employer in 2012, Regional Apprentice (Natasha Pitts) in 2013, 2014, 2016 and Regional Medium Employer in 2014.
For further information on the awards go to https://www.apprenticeawards.co.uk/