One of Nescot’s partners has made it through to the finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Elements Lifestyle Salon was named Small Employer Trainer of the Year in the South Central regional final in September, and will now bid to be named one of the best in Britain at the ceremony next month.
The business, on Station Road East in Oxted, works in partnership with Nescot to offer apprenticeship placements for Hairdressing and Customer Service students.
“Being chosen as a national finalist is a great privilege,” said salon owner Barbara McNaughton.
“We’re enormously proud to be recognised for the support and contribution our team makes to our apprenticeship programme. We believe apprenticeships are integral to the success of our business.”
This is the third year the team at Elements have been recognised at the 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 runners-up in the national final.
The awards are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, and 1,600 entries were received this year.
The employers judges the best at the national final will feature in England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, produced in partnership with City & Guilds.
The winners of the awards and the Top 100 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 on 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.
Nescot offers apprenticeships in a range of subjects, from Barbering and Hairdressing to Health and Social Care, Computing and Business Administration, with students also gaining qualifications in Maths, English and ICT.
The college also has a REED NCFE Centre on-site, where staff can match students who wish to become an apprentice with employers interested in taking an apprentice.