Apprenticeships firm says you’re hired – 1,000 times
February 21, 2013
Success in getting young people into work has led to an apprenticeshop provider holding on to a major gong for the second year running.
Reading-based QA Apprenticeships won the coveted Apprentice Programme of the Year award at last week’s Learning & Performance Institute awards.
The company’s ongoing work with Cisco’s first apprenticeship scheme – delivering consultancy, sourcing and training candidates for the global telecommunications company – was central to the second win.
Since taking the first award last year, QA has created, filled and trained more than 1,000 apprentice jobs.
Director Ben Pike said: “We are delighted to be recognised by the Learning & Performance Institute for a second year; it shows that we are continuing to improve and adapt our programmes to maintain excellent standards for new challenges.
“Blue-chip companies, such as Cisco, are key to tackling youth unemployment in 2013. That we are seeing many more adopting apprenticeships into their recruitment portfolios, bringing talent and ideas into their business, is very encouraging for the UK workforce’s new generation and their economic prospects.”
Phil Smith, chief executive officer Cisco UK and Ireland, said: “Cisco is proud that its apprenticeship programme has been recognised so highly. The Cisco apprenticeship with QA has been a resounding success and continues to grow in size and reputation within the organisation.
“Apprenticeships are now a crucial part of Cisco’s commitment to innovation for the future.”