The third Peterborough Apprenticeship Awards took place last week (Thursday 29 September) and brought together the best in local talent and the organisations involved in apprenticeships.
As a sponsor, we were delighted to support the Engineering/Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year award. The standard was incredibly high this year and Hayleigh Twose from Openreach was rightly recognised as the winner on the night.
Yet the evening had another dimension for us, as we were also attending as a finalist in the Large Employer of the Year category. Apprenticeships have been a part of our fabric since the early twentieth century and we’ve achieved many milestones over the years as our programme has evolved in line with government schemes and our changing business needs.
We currently employ 21 apprentices, including Mark Griffin who was with us on the night as a finalist for the Business & Law Apprentice of the Year award. Whilst he missed out on individual honours, we were delighted that we could celebrate with us as were announced as the Large Employer of the Year.
Reflecting on our success, Dave Spooner, Managing Director, commented “We were thrilled to be shortlisted as a finalist and for our work in apprenticeships to be acknowledged in this way. But to go on and receive the accolade of Large Employer of the Year is a huge honour and one that all the team at Paston should be very proud of.”
Suzanne Dellar, Director of HR, backed this up saying “I am delighted that all the hard work and effort that everyone in the organisation has put into our apprenticeships has been recognised. Apprenticeships are so important to our business, both in attracting the next generation of engineers and developing the brilliant individuals we have in the business. It really is a team effort, so a huge well done to everyone!”
It was fitting too that Nigel Wilkinson, Apprenticeship Co-Ordinator and Brian Childs, one of our mentors, could be there last night to share the spotlight alongside Sarah Worsley, who drives everything forward within the HR team.
As a business we’re committed to apprenticeships and working with schools and colleges to raise awareness of engineering careers and the paths to them. With some of our senior leaders former apprentices, we hope our alumni stories and last night’s success combine to inspire current and future crops of apprentices here at Baker Perkins.