Partnerships the key to Babcock’s success

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A leading learning provider, which delivers Apprenticeships in Hospitality, Active Leisure, Customer Care, Retail, and Automotive to 900 learners across Wales, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Cardiff-based Babcock is one of 28 finalists in nine categories of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, organised by the Welsh Government in partnership with the National Training Federation Wales (NTfW).

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality Apprenticeships across Wales. Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes in Wales are funded by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund.

The winners will be announced at a high profile awards presentation ceremony at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Wednesday, October 24, where the winners of the National Training Awards for Wales will also be recognised. The joint awards which will be attended by around 300 key stakeholders from the vocational education and training sector across Wales.

Sponsor of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which aim to showcase excellence in skills development in Wales, is Pearson and media partner is Media Wales.

Babcock, shortlisted if the Training Provider of the Year category, works with many of Welsh industry’s leading employers, including S.A Brain and The Celtic Manor, and also delivers Essential Skills in the Workplace, Pathways to Apprenticeship and 14-19 Pathways programmes.

“In today’s markets, where customer loyalty is constantly shifting to new preferred suppliers, staff training is increasingly recognised as a vital tool for those organisations that want to be competitive and remain profitable,” said Angela Maguire Lewis, Babcock’s Operations Manager for Wales.

“Babcock has a philosophy of offering business-led training, working closely with businesses of all kinds, finding out what their needs and concerns are.

“We then design and provide training that fits those demands. Training is delivered through non-disruptive, practical and cost-effective methods to have a direct impact on profit, built around nationally recognised Apprenticeship frameworks. We turn jobs into careers, as learners gain qualifications that can lead to promotions.”

Babcock’s commitment to continual improvement is highlighted by learner success rates and the achievement of the Basic Skills Quality Standards, Investors in People Gold Standard, Matrix Award, IS09001, ISO14001 and Training Quality Standard for Excellence in Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism.

The company has invested in the latest technology to introduce E portfolio learning resources and an Etrack assessment management tool to support learners and employers, alongside extensive staff training.

Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert said: “These awards recognise excellence by individuals, employers and learning providers in delivering training. I am delighted with the standard of this year’s finalists and the variety across all ages and sectors, which shows the strength of the skills being delivered in Wales.

“All the finalists have an inspiring story to tell and are great ambassadors for apprenticeship and other programmes in Wales.

“The skills acquired through programmes, such as Apprenticeships, provide great benefits to individuals and employers, helping make Welsh businesses more competitive.

“The Welsh Government is committed to creating more apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Wales and continuing to support employers who are willing to offer high quality apprenticeship places.”

The National Training Federation for Wales is a network 116 quality assured work based training providers with links to 35,000 employers across Wales.

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