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published: 17/11/2014
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BRE recognised as Top 100 apprenticeship employer

BRE has been announced as one of the top employers of apprentices in the UK alongside globally recognised brands such as British Airways, Virgin Media, Barclays Bank, Nestle and others.

The prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises exceptional contribution in businesses that employ apprentices. There are currently over 250,000 businesses in the UK who run apprenticeship schemes.

BRE’s scheme was launched by Business Innovation & Skills Minister Mark Prisk in May 2012 and has grown from a scheme of 6 apprentices working in engineering to a 24-strong team covering a range of disciplines within the organisation.

Chief Executive of BRE Dr Peter Bonfield said ‘We are proud of our apprentices scheme and so to be independently recognised in this way is pleasing. Our apprentices have injected new life blood into our organisation. They are client facing, practical, capable and enthusiastic individuals who are helping us realise our growth ambitions. They are a great asset to our business and we would urge more companies to develop their own schemes and reap the benefits they bring.’

The list was announced by Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham on 13th November. The Skills Show has City & Guilds as its lead premier sponsor and is a unique celebration to inspire people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers have clearly demonstrated how apprenticeships have a major part to play in building great businesses. I would encourage more businesses across England to follow these shining examples and find out how apprenticeships can help them build a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce. For the Top 100 Apprentice Employers recognised in 2014, their great achievement clearly outlines why apprenticeships deliver the skills that young people and the economy need.”

CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, added: ‘It’s fantastic to celebrate the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. They should be proud of their role in helping people gain the skills they need to be successful. After all, apprenticeships are a great way for people to earn as they learn, and they bring countless benefits to businesses.’

To view the full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List, please visit apprenticeships.org.uk. 

For further information please contact Linda McKeown, tel 01923 225180, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk


The National Apprenticeship Awards

The National Apprenticeship Service challenged the nation’s top Apprenticeship employers and apprentices to come forward and show how Apprenticeships have made a real difference to them. Now in their eleventh year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to highlight the many success stories and the benefits of Apprenticeships. There are six employer categories ranging from Small to Macro, and two newcomer categories – large and SME. Categories are open to employers of all sectors. For the fourth year running the very best employer category entries will have the additional bonus of featuring in the prestigious annual Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list. There are four apprentice categories, which are: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher apprentice of the year, and the hotly contended Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.

The Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  Its job is to fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England, including traineeships and apprenticeships, in a way which supports economic growth.  The Agency delivers £4.1 billion of skills training through contracts with over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers, with a highly effective supply chain that means FE meets local need in the most cost-effective way.

Within the Skills Funding Agency, there are two customer-facing services: the National Careers Service, which provides impartial careers information, advice and guidance online, by telephone or face-to-face and the National Apprenticeship Service, which is responsible for increasing the number of traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities.

The National Apprenticeship Service supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships throughout England and provides a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice or trainee through apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their vacancies and potential apprentices or trainees can apply.  Visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk or call 08000 150 600 to find out more.




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