Knaresborough’s Vital Technology Group has beaten off competition from hundreds of entrants to be shortlisted for the Yorkshire and the Humber final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
The company is up for the Small Employer of the Year accolade and will find out if it has been successful at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service at the Carriageworks Theatre, in Leeds, on 3 September.
The National Apprenticeship Awards are now in their 11th year and celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers.
Vital Technology Group is an independent IT solutions provider and digital consultancy, and its apprenticeship programme is now in its fifth year.
Vital’s Lee Evans said:
“Our apprenticeship programme has undoubtedly made a hugely positive contribution to the company’s overall success by helping to increase both efficiency and productivity, and by serving to lay the foundations for the business’s future.”
Sue Husband, executive director apprenticeships and delivery at the Skills Funding Agency, said:
“Apprenticeships are thriving in England, and it’s not hard to see why.
“They offer ambitious young people and adults unrivalled career prospects, and give businesses an exceptional route to grow a highly qualified and motivated workforce.
“The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise the best of the best and are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they richly deserve for investing in their own futures.
“I am delighted that Vital Technology Group has been short-listed, and would like to congratulate them on this success.
“All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
All the Yorkshire and the Humber winners will proceed through to a final national judging stage and the highest scoring apprenticeship employer entries nationally will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.
The national award winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, on 13 November.