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National Apprenticeship Awards

Buckinghamshire Care were winners at the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Awards

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:27pm 30th January 2016. (Updated at 12:32pm 30th January 2016) 3-minute read.

National Apprenticeship Awards

High Wycombe based care company Buckinghamshire Care was named the EDF Energy Newcomer SME of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

The company was chosen as the winner in recognition of its commitment to developing young people through apprenticeships.

Buckinghamshire Care have recently approved the expansion of their apprenticeship development programme by investing in becoming a training academy.

Their apprenticeship programme specifically employs individuals usually excluded from employment, those with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues.

The programme works to invest in skills for the future and having people with disabilities working and visible in the organisation and bringing their values to life.

On accepting the award, Martin Farrow, Managing Director said:

"We have seen a cultural shift within our workforce related to how they receive individuals which may be considered 'difficult to work with`. Seeing our apprentices driving maintenance vans, handling powers tools and preparing their food challenges the stereotypes of what jobs people with disabilities can do. This is exactly what our organisation aims to do every day.

"We are bringing young people into our workforce, giving vibrancy and enthusiasm to a workforce where 70% are over 40. This also supports us gain new business through clients who are excited by the prospect of a young and fresh thinking workforce.

"Having people with disabilities working and visible in the organisation really brings our values to life. The training we offer gives marginalised people paid employment, vocational skills, increased social status, positive health benefits, visible community presence and enhanced self-esteem. And our apprentices are making an impact - positive customer feedback, particularly in our catering services increased by 27%."

The ceremony also saw Buckinghamshire Care named in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list which recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

You can view the full list HERE


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