Top 100 apprenticeship employers revealed

One hundred of the UK’s leading employers of apprentices were honoured at The Skills Show in Birmingham last night at the launch of the second Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The list, compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service and City & Guilds, recognises excellence in businesses, large and small, that employ apprentices.

David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, congratulated the employers on their successes: “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 wider 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 level apprenticeships (up to degree level), 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.”

Commenting on its entry in the top 100, James Harding, managing director of TEC Group, a recruitment consultancy to the oil and gas engineering sector, said: “We only started our apprenticeship programme one year ago, but are really proud of how already TEC Group has created new employment in our community and the economy.”

Meanwhile, chief executive and director general of City & Guilds Chris Jones said: “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 these companies should feel incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Top 100 apprentice employers, in alphabetical order

1. A M Blatch Electrical Contractor
2. AgustaWestland
3. Alan Hair Designs
4. Amey
5. Astrium
6. AWE
7. BAM Nuttall
8. Barclays Bank
9. Barlows
10. Barratt Developments
11. Belgrade Theatre
12. Bentley Motors
13. Berthon Boat Company
14. Blue Flame (Cornwall)
15. Britplas
16. BT
17. Caffyns
18. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
19. Caterpillar
20. Caterpillar Peterlee
21. Coleman Bradshaw
22. Cooper and Taylor Hair and Beauty
23. Coreco
24. Coventry City Council
25. Cumbria County Council
26. DAF Trucks
27. Dale & Valley Homes
28. Dale Power Solutions
29. Damovo
30. David Youll Hair and Beauty
31. Doncaster Council
32. EDF Energy Nuclear Generation
33. Elements
34. FCO Services
35. Fennies Under 5s
36. Finmeccanica
37. Finning UK
38. Ford Motor Company
39. Forth Engineering – Cumbria
40. Gelder Group
41. Goodteeth Dental Surgeries
42. Harwin
43. Hays Travel
44. Hendra Healthcare Ludlow
45. Hycrome
46. IBM
47. Imperial Commercials
48. Jessup Build Develop
49. John Cliff Building Services
50. Josephs Hair Team

51. KFC
52. Kwik-Fit
53. Love Food
54. MAN Truck & Bus
55. Matthews Brand Solutions
56. MBDA Missile Systems
57. Messier Bugatti Dowty MRO
58. Morleys Stores
59. Neopost
60. NHS Norfolk & Waveney
61. North Somerset Council
62. North York Moors National Park Authority
63. Northumberland County Council
64. Pailton Engineering
65. Pearson Engineering Services
66. Pendennis Shipyard
67. Persona HR
68. Plumbs
69. Power Logistics
70. Puffins of Exeter
71. Railcare
72. Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
73. Resource Productions
74. Rolls-Royce
75. Royal Navy
76. Sanctuary Group
77. Sembcorp Utilities
78. Serco
79. SH & EM Electronics
80. Siemens
81. Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning
82. Spicerhaart
83. Staffordshire County Council
84. Stockport Council
85. Tata Steel Europe
86. Tata Steel
87. TEC Group International Recruitment
88. The Chartwell Practice
89. The Cornwall Foundation of Promise (Fifteen Cornwall)
90. The Style Guru
91. Tideswell Surgery
92. TMJ Interiors
93. TW Plumbing & Heating
94. Uden Sales & Lettings
95. Unilever
96. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
97. Vertical Systems
98. WM Housing Group
99. Wm Morrison Supermarkets
100. Yorkshire Ambulance Service

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