Training company’s mission to be the best

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A business with a clear mission to be the best work based learning provider in Wales has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Cambrian Training Company, based in Welshpool, 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 for 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 part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

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.

Cambrian Training Company is no stranger to awards, having been consistently recognised for its strong relationships with employers and apprentices and a willingness to provide high quality, flexible training solutions to businesses of all sizes, including Stena Line, S.A. Brain and Lake Vyrnwy Hotel.

With 36 employees and offices in Welshpool, Holyhead, Aberaeron and Brecon, the company has recently joined the top one per cent of Investors in People companies in the UK by achieving the silver award.

In the past year, the company has added a National Training Award for Wales to its list of honours and its learners have won both Inspire and Young Apprentice Awards.

“This is a reflection of our passion, commitment, dedication and delivery,” said managing director Arwyn Watkins. “Our strategy is to become a market leader in the work based learning network.

“Our mission is providing quality training whilst supporting employers, learners and the wider community to improve prospects and have a positive impact on the Welsh economy.”

A focus on learners attaining qualifications has resulted in framework completion rates of 91 per cent compared to the national average of 82 per cent. One of company’s greatest achievements to date was running a pilot programme in Wales, which has led to a ground-breaking BTEC Apprenticeship in Craft Cuisine for chefs with Pearson.

Cambrian Training works in the hospitality, food manufacturing, environmental conservation, customer service, retail, business administration, team leading and health and social care sectors.

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 NTfW is a network 116 quality assured work based training providers with links to 35,000 employers across Wales.

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