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Pickfords wins award for its Apprentice Scheme

Jan 05, 2017
Pickfords has been awarded ‘Newcomer Large Employer of the Year’ at the South East & London National Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognises employers and apprentices from across England that demonstrate how apprentices have made a difference to their organisation and careers. The awards also recognise businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplace.  

Pickfords began its apprentice scheme in 2015 with a view to filling a skills gap for both HGV drivers and office-based staff.  Working with recruitment company People Plus Group Ltd, Mark Taylor created Pickfords’ Apprenticeship Scheme to create opportunities for young people across the country. For many, it was a first job role which provided coaching and training and lead to a professional qualification.  

As a regional winner, Pickfords has made it through to the National Apprenticeship awards.  Finalists were announced in November and the winners will be announced in January 2017.  

Consumer Director Mark Taylor said, “This is the first time we have entered this competition and we are delighted to have beaten such stiff competition to win the Regional Award. Thanks need to go to our HR team, our management teams, People Plus Group Ltd and our apprentices who have worked so hard to make this project a success.”

Photo: Sherrie Henrick from Pickfords’ HR Team and Consumer Director Mark Taylor .

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