One of Nescot’s partners has been named Small Employer Trainer of the Year at an awards ceremony.
Elements Lifestyle Salon won the accolade in the South Central regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards, held at Fareham College last Wednesday (September 11).
Owner Barbara McNaughton said her team was passionate about skills development and supporting young people to further their education and career through vocational learning.
“Elements are thrilled to receive this award,” she added.
“It is wonderful for us to receive recognition for investing in our team, and for our apprentices to be part of a business that puts learning, skills development and customer service at the heart of everything we do.”
This is the third year the team at Elements have been recognised at the Apprenticeship Awards for the work they do in the salon and at the training academy.
They also won the Small Employer Trainer of the Year category for the Southern region last year and in the South East region in 2010, and last year were joint runner-up in the national final.
The awards are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, and 1,600 entries were received this year.
“This year’s awards were an exceptional showcase of the outstanding apprentices and employers we have in our region,” said Mark Howard, Divisional Director of National Apprenticeship Service.
“Given the high volume and extraordinary calibre of entries we received, those who reached the regional final really are the cream of the crop.”
All the winners from the South Central region will be put forward to a national final, with the employers judged the best of the best featuring in England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, produced in partnership with City & Guilds.
The Top 100 employers and the national award winners will be revealed at the opening ceremony of The Skills Show, the UK’s largest national skills and careers event, held at the NEC in Birmingham in November 14.
Apprenticeships enable people aged 16 and over to learn a trade by combining practical experience gained in the workplace with knowledge and qualifications gained in the classroom.
Apprentices typically spend one day at college and the rest in paid employment. Apprenticeships don’t have a fixed length but end when all elements are complete, typically within one to three years.
Nescot offers apprenticeships in a range of subjects, from Barbering and Hairdressing to Health and Social Care, Business Administration and Childcare, with students also gaining qualifications in Maths, English and ICT.
The college also has a REED NCFE Centre on-site, where staff can match employers interested in taking an apprentice with students who wish to become an apprentice.