SEC Wins Apprentice AwardJune 7, 2011
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I would like to congratulate all of those who have triumphed at the regional stage of the National Apprenticeship Awards and wish everyone the best of luck for the national finals next month. Creating more Apprenticeships across London is a top priority here at City Hall and through your sterling efforts you have shown just what can be achieved.”
Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) the awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the businesses that employ them.
Stuart Britton, Chief Executive of SEC Recruitment says, “Our Apprenticeship programme is an integral part of our business and aims to give young people the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in this vibrant industry, earning as they learn. Since we launched our apprenticeship programme in January 2010, we have trained 12 apprentices and seven have graduated to full recruitment consultant status, finding jobs for more than fifty IT, business intelligence and analytics professionals in the last year.”
SEC Recruitment will now represent London and automatically go through to a judging panel for the National Apprenticeship Awards held on the 29 June 2011.
Vic Grimes, Regional Director of Apprenticeships in London said: “This year’s awards were a terrific showcase of the outstanding wealth of Apprenticeship talent that we have across London. Given the volume and high calibre of entries we received, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate SEC Recruitment for this superb achievement and for its ongoing commitment to Apprenticeships.
“It’s been a tough year for businesses and the economy, but the awards have given Apprenticeships the chance to shine – showing that they are key to growth during the economic upturn. All the finalists demonstrated what makes Apprenticeships so successful, not only in the capital but throughout England. The winners are now ambassadors for Apprenticeships and for the region’s dedication to this programme.”
Apprenticeships offer young people a training route which combines work-based learning with theory and a recognised qualification, whilst employers experience a range of benefits when hiring an apprentice, including motivated, skilled staff and increased productivity. More than 20,350 people started Apprenticeships in London last year.
The National Apprenticeship Awards 2011 received a record number of applications with over 1,600 entries – an increase of over 25% on last year’s awards, with over 200 of those from London.