Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been recognised in the second Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, announced at National Apprenticeship Awards at The Skills Show in Birmingham this month.
It is one of four NHS Trusts to be given this accolade in recognition of the very high standard of its Apprenticeship schemes and outstanding training programmes.
The prestigious Top 100 list, compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises excellence in businesses and organisations that employ apprentices. After a rigorous selection process the most outstanding Apprenticeship employers from all four National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories (ranging from small to macro-sized business) went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer Apprenticeships.
Commenting on the Trust’s entry in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’s list, Diane Williams, Locality Director for the Patient Transport Service at the Trust, who was instrumental in setting up the Apprenticeship schemes, said:
We are delighted to have been named in the Top 100 list and it is testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of our apprentices who have energised an entire workforce. By establishing this scheme the Trust has been rewarded with some great staff who have relished the opportunity to work in their local ambulance service and gain valuable skills and experience.
David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, congratulated Yorkshire Ambulance Service on its success:
The breadth and depth of employers on our Top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact Apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the UK economy.
Apprenticeships are the country’s gold standard for vocational training. As part of the new era for Apprenticeships we are introducing measures to ensure there has never been a better time for employers to hire apprentices.
With more Higher, degree level, Apprenticeships, rigorous new standards for all Apprenticeships and new financial incentives for small firms who hire their first apprentices, employers can be confident that Apprenticeships will deliver for them.
Meanwhile, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, said:
At City & Guilds, we’re all about helping people and organisations develop their skills for growth. Apprenticeships are integral to helping us achieve this; they develop the workforce of tomorrow, whilst giving people the skills they need to succeed in employment.
To be named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer is a sign of excellence and Yorkshire Ambulance Service should feel incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved. I hope that other employers will be inspired by their success to discover the benefits apprenticeships can offer.
To view the full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk