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National Apprenticeship Awards 2014

Marianna Gray with the CCG apprentices

Modern apprentice programme manager Marianna Gray with some of the current and former CCG apprentices

South Devon and Torbay CCG short-listed for prestigious award

South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has been selected from hundreds of entrants to become a regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

Although a young organisation, the CCG has had apprentices as a key part of its business from the very start, recognising the importance of giving young people exciting opportunities for employment.

The CCG, which is responsible for organising healthcare for the local population, was shortlisted as Newcomer of the Year in the category for small to medium businesses with up to 249 staff.

Marianna Gray, manager for the CCG’s modern apprentice programme, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award and to be recognised for the work we do to develop our apprentices.

“It’s really satisfying to be able to support young people within the community like this, and it ties well into our goal of being a local, community-based organisation. It’s a great experience because the apprentices bring so much energy and enthusiasm, and both the organisation and the apprentice get a real benefit.

“We currently have four modern apprentices at the CCG, and they’re all doing a brilliant job. We’ve had seven previous apprentices who have all successfully completed their NVQs with us, and six of them have remained with the organisation and been promoted into permanent roles, which makes the apprenticeships a real success for us.

“Working with the apprentices and supporting them in their growth and development is an award in itself.”

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprentice employers. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Taunton on 16 September.

Sue Husband, executive director of apprenticeships and delivery at the Skills Funding Agency, said: “I am delighted that South Devon and Torbay CCG has been short-listed, and would like to congratulate them on this success.

“All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements. Apprenticeships are thriving in England, and it’s not hard to see why. They offer ambitious young people and adults unrivalled career prospects, and give businesses an exceptional route to grow a highly qualified and motivated workforce.

“The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise the best of the best and are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they richly deserve for investing in their own futures.”

All the South West winners will go through to a national final. The highest-scoring employer entries will have the additional honour of featuring in the England’s Top 100 list for apprenticeship employers.

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