Hays Travel has been named as one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the country.

The annual list is compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service and announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last week.

Beverley Little, Hays Travel’s assistant head of training, said: “Apprentices play a key role in the success of our organisation and we are therefore delighted that Hays Travel has been recognised for the passion and promotion we put into the National Apprentice programme.

“The list is compiled of companies demonstrating the highest standards of excellence in employment of apprentices. The training department is proud of the quality of training and personal development we provide to our learners, along with the career opportunities that successful apprentices go on to pursue within Hays Travel.”

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list 2017 demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation. Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, up to degree level, while working and earning.

“These Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers are making a difference to the lives of their apprentices by investing in their future. In return, apprentices are helping employers to develop a skilled, qualified workforce to build a stronger economy.

“I hope the success of these Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers will mean more businesses across England aspire to follow their example and to find out for themselves how apprenticeships help to grow a skilled and highly qualified workforce.”

Althams Travel apprentice Shannon Green won the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year gong at the 14th annual awards.

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Apprenticeships in Focus, in association with Virgin Holidays