The Group has had a thrilling few months following a submission to The National Apprenticeship Awards which celebrate the best Apprentice Schemes in the UK. GAS was advised to enter by partner Talent Training (UK) LLP after an incredibly successful first 12 months and a second intake of young Apprentices in October 2016. The Group was delighted to win the ‘Best Newcomer SME’ category for the North East in October 2016, which resulted in automatic entry into the national judging stage.
As a finalist at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place in January 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the Group was elated to be given an honourable mention. This included being named as one of the UK’s best 100 apprenticeship providers, alongside household names such as Sage, Mercedes-Benz and Lloyds Bank.
The Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.
Judith Bennison, Group HR Director, said: “This is a huge achievement for the Group. We’re extremely proud of the scheme we’ve put together and to have been given honourable mention and a spot in the Centrica Top 100 reaffirms this. We’ve brought some recognition to some of the excellent business practice in the North East. I’m sure there are others thinking of starting an apprenticeship scheme and I’d whole-heartedly recommend they do. We’ve gained so many fresh ideas, perspectives and memorable moments from our apprentices – it’s been a huge success for us.’