The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 have been announced today, with the British Army securing the number one slot as the best apprenticeship employer in the country.
Made up of employers from the public and private sector, and including industries such as engineering, banking, healthcare, retailing, local government, accountancy and employers from the charity sector, the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers rankings celebrates 100 of the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers.
The British Army achieved the top spot by helping over 8,000 apprentices gain new skills and progress in 2019-2020; with almost a fifth of its workforce currently completing apprenticeship programmes as part of their military training – in areas including engineering, telecommunications, logistics, construction, health and IT.
“Apprenticeships help business of all sizes to grow, and give people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to learn new skills and get ahead in their chosen career,” Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said. “I hope this initiative highlights the crucial role of apprenticeships in bringing in new talent and supporting our economic recovery, and encourages even more employers to get involved.”
“High-quality apprenticeships give people from all backgrounds and ages a real choice in life, providing them with the skills employers value, which our economy needs, and which lead to better paid jobs,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. “These modern employers are at the heart of levelling up our workforce, and with the extra support we are providing will help the country build back better from coronavirus.”
New in 2020, the rankings showcase the very best of England’s large apprenticeship employers, with employers recognised for providing some of the most successful apprenticeship programmes over the previous 12 months. The list will help potential apprentices, parents and careers advisers to identify the best apprenticeship opportunities with the highest performing apprentice employers.
Over 400 applications were received, with the results announced at a special online event broadcast earlier today attended by organisations including Rochdale Borough Council, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Pepsico and London Ambulance Service.
The new leader board of apprenticeship employers was independently developed, assessed and compiled in partnership with High Fliers Research.
The Top 10 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020 are:
- British Army
- Royal Navy
- MTR Elizabeth Line
- Mazars LLP
- Optionis Group
- Mitchells and Butlers
- Greene King
- Royal Air Force
View the full list of the The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020.
More information about the process can be found by visiting: http://www.topapprenticeshipemployers.co.uk/.
If you are an employer and would like to find out more about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice, please visit: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.