The top 100 companies were announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards sponsored by City & Guilds on 26 January at London’s Grosvenor House.
Housebuilder Redrow has been recognised in the prestigious list for the third consecutive year having boosted its apprentice numbers in the past year by 60 per cent by taking 80 trade apprentices with 150 overall employed at the company.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow, said:
“Around 15 per cent of our employees are trainees and we are delighted to have been named in the top 100 apprentice employers in England for the third year running.
“We believe apprenticeships are the key to ensuring a skilled workforce for the future and we are continuing to develop and expand our training opportunities for young people.”
The housebuilder claims a number of former apprentices have progressed through the ranks to managerial roles and the company also provides undergraduate work placements, post-graduate programmes and other vocational training.
Skills Minister, Nick Boles confirmed the government’s commitment to reaching 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. He said:
“This year’s Top 100 was hugely competitive with even more leading employers developing world class apprenticeship programmes that deliver the skills Britain needs.
“All of the Top 100 employers know that apprenticeships and traineeships don’t only provide life changing opportunities and routes into work for young people, but they also deliver real results for business.”