A SUNDERLAND travel company has been recognised as a national leader when it comes to training apprentices.
Hays Travel staff are delighted to have been named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.
Compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, following a rigorous selection process, the list recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.
Katie Woods-Ruddick, Hays Travel’s head of training, said: “At Hays Travel we fully understand the value that our apprenticeship programme brings to our business, not only by bringing young people into the company, but also by supporting our existing work force to improve and learn new skills.
“We are also committed to career progression for all our staff with our team leading and management programmes.
“The training team works extremely hard to support our learners through our development programmes and I am extremely proud of all they have achieved this year.”
The latest accolade comes just a couple of months after the Wearside firm was given a glowing Ofsted report.
Inspectors visited Hays Travel to judge the standard of the apprenticeship scheme, run at the business training facility in Vine Place, and rated it as outstanding.
David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Apprenticeships are the country’s gold standard for vocational training. As part of the new era for apprenticeships we are introducing measures to ensure there has never been a better time for employers to hire apprentices.
“With more higher, degree level, apprenticeships, rigorous new standards for all apprenticeships and new financial incentives for small firms who hire their first apprentices, employers can be confident that apprenticeships will deliver for them.”
Chris Jones, director general of City & Guilds, said: “To be named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer is a sign of excellence and Hays Travel should feel incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.”