Cardiff learning provider wins national apprenticeship award
A Cardiff training company, which delivers programmes to more than 1,000 learners across Wales, collected one of the prestigious awards at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2014.
Babcock Training Ltd was named Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at the high profile awards ceremony held at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on Friday (October 31).
Organised jointly by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the awards showcase excellence in skills development in Wales by learners, employers and learning providers Sponsor was Pearson PLC and media partner was Media Wales.
The awards recognise employers who commit to developing their workforce through apprenticeships and other work-based learning programmes, which support employees during their training. They are also a great way to evaluate training and development, as well as a fantastic motivational factor for any workforce or learner.
The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Babcock Training Ltd believes that in order to increase learners’ personal and occupational skills there has to be a continual improvement in their experience to learning. A key deliverer of Active Leisure Apprenticeships for the Welsh Government, the company’s validated success rates for 2012/2013 were a combined 91 per cent.
Apprentices benefit from Babcock’s investment in its programmes. It has embedded market leading digital learner and support solutions, a bespoke digital platform and intensive pastoral support to deliver impartial information.
A recent survey undertaken by the company found 95 per cent saw a “significant improvement” in employees’ performance as a result of the company’s “innovative and responsive” Apprenticeship Programme delivery.
“This award is for our staff and the learners and employers that we work,” said Babcock Training’s delighted operations manager Michael Kent. “After being shortlisted for this award three or four times in the past, to win it is the icing on the cake after a great year for the company.
“We wouldn’t have won it without the great employers that we work with and it’s an endorsement of the hard work that the team has put in over the past 18 months.”
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James said: “Apprenticeships are one of the most practical and cost effective ways for a business to build a skilled workforce. An apprentice can learn the skills an employer needs to keep pace with developments in their industry and deliver the service customers demand.
“Providers like Babcock Training play a key role in helping the Welsh Government to deliver work based learning programmes to train and develop the nation’s workforce.”
More than 400 key stakeholders from the vocational education and training sector across Wales attended the high profile awards ceremony, where guests dined out with chefs from the Culinary Team Wales.