Green Lighting Ltd has been highly commended at the Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.
Also, congratulations to Lauren Baker at Green Lighting Ltd, based in Worcester, who has also been highly commended at the Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.
Lauren, 20, who is currently the Business Development Leader at Green Lighting Ltd, was runner up in the region for, The West Midlands award for the EAL Advanced Apprentice of the Year.
The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
On being recognised as highly commended, Anthony Ottway, Managing Director said:
“Initially we were one of the first companies in Worcester to recruit staff through the Apprenticeship programme. Primarily, the staff we recruited through the programme were school leavers, however, we now ensure that every member of staff is offered a form of training.
The future is to continue with each staff member on an apprenticeship, to ensure that each reaches the highest level of education that they are able to. Investing in the apprenticeship programme has offered us the support we needed to develop our staff and grow our business.
Green Lighting Ltd was highly commended, in recognition of the contribution that the company has made to the apprenticeship programme.”
The award was sponsored by:
West Midlands Unilever Award for Small Employer of the Year
On being recognised as highly commended, Lauren said:
“Since commencing my apprenticeship, my self-belief and confidence have grown and I feel able to show initiative in the business environment. I have had to develop my team player skills, yet be capable of working independently and effectively prioritise multiple concurrent projects. Starting with the Level 3 Apprenticeship and progressing on to the Level 4 has enabled me to enjoy learning again and reawaken my desire to get a degree. I feel proud that I am making an impact in my role within the business. I love my job and want to keep progressing in the company. The apprenticeship programme has opened up a whole new way of life for me, I am earning a good salary for someone my age and am able to realise my potential to increase this through training and education.”
The award was sponsored by:
West Midlands award for the EAL Advanced Apprentice of the Year
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:
“The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed – in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need.
“Green Lighting Ltd has been highly commended in The West Midlands Unilever Award for Small Employer of the Year and Lauren Baker has been highly commended in The West Midlands award for the EAL Advanced Apprentice of the Year and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements. The recognition of being highly commended is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.