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News Release

Deputy Prime Minister hails Damovo as it is recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer
Released: 15th November 2013
Publisher: Damovo

Horsham, UK – 15 November 2013 - For the third consecutive year, Damovo UK & Ireland has been recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham on 14th November. The Skills Show has City & Guilds and Edge Foundation as its premier sponsors, and is a unique celebration to inspire people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.

After a tough selection process the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all five National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.

Since Damovo re-introduced its apprenticeship scheme in 2009, it has taken on 21 local apprentices into a three-year programme, which includes studying at Northbrook College in Worthing. The company gives all apprentices the opportunity of permanent roles and a number have already been promoted.

Commenting on the company’s entry in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, Alex Williams, Operations Director at Damovo, said: “Damovo has a long history of investing in apprenticeships and indeed many of today’s senior employees, including myself, are former apprentices. We are extremely proud to be in the Top 100 list for the third year running and will continue to evangelise about the benefits apprenticeships can bring. Employers are increasingly struggling to find candidates with the right IT skills to meet their requirements; apprenticeship schemes offer an excellent solution with the combination of college study and practical experience with real business projects in a corporate working environment.”

Writing to Damovo the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “I would like to take this chance to congratulate Damovo on its success at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy: equipping people of all ages with the skills employers need to help their businesses prosper and compete in a global market. As we work to increase the opportunities for hard-working young to people to achieve their ambitions through high-quality apprenticeship training, it is vitally important that we celebrate the achievements of employers like you, who go the extra mile to help their apprentices and succeed.”

Karen Woodward, Interim Director of Apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Service, congratulated all the Top 100 on their success: “The vast range of employers on our Top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the UK economy. Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for businesses to grow their own talent, and nurture a dedicated and loyal workforce. All of the businesses on this list have shown a real commitment to their apprentices, and are shining examples of how engaging with apprenticeships can help your business to thrive.”

Meanwhile, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, said: “Business of all types and across all industries need qualified, well-trained staff to boost productivity and future growth. Apprenticeships help employers develop the workforce of tomorrow, as well as giving people the skills they need to succeed in employment. To be named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer is a real honour, Damovo should feel incredibly proud of what its achieved. I hope other employers will be inspired to follow in its footsteps and discover the benefits apprenticeships can offer.”

To view the full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List, please visit apprenticeships.org.uk.


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