Gloucestershire County Council was announced the winner of the ‘large employer of the year 2019’ award at Aspiration Training’s Employee Christmas Conference on 19 December.
It won this national award for promoting the apprenticeship programme through recruiting apprentices and supporting them to develop in their job roles and achieve associated qualifications.
Baneeta Kumari from Aspirations Training Ltd said: “Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has worked with us to support their own apprentices and enabled us to support apprentices in associated organsiations, such as charity and voluntary organisations, schools, day centres, fostering care, specialist disability centres and childcare settings across Gloucestershire. Through this, GCC has become the first large employer to utilise the government’s levy transfer system that came into place in April 2019.”
The county council currently has over 200 apprentices undertaking various apprenticeship schemes from level 2 entry level to level 7 Master’s degree level.
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for finance and change, said: “I am delighted that the council has been recognised for its great work in supporting apprenticeships. The council is committed to supporting the apprenticeship programme to support the development of high performance leaders for the future and upskilling existing staff.”
Dan Boon, apprenticeship project co-ordinator at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I have worked with our apprentices and managers over the last two years and I am proud of the achievements of all our apprentices during this time. I was delighted to pick up the award for ‘large employer of the year’ on behalf of the council at yesterday’s event.”