City of Lincoln Council has been recognised for its work to employ apprentices at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.
The City Council was chosen for its contribution to apprenticeships and received the accolade at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham on Thursday, November 13.
The council, which was selected by a panel of judges from the employment and skills arena, currently employs 700 members of staff – of which 66 are apprentices.
Jane Newman, Work Based Learning Manager at the city council said: “Apprenticeships have given us the chance to develop the talents of young people in our city and to provide job opportunities which offer clear, career progression routes.
“All of our apprentices are highly valued members of the team and 97% are offered a full time position with us or one of our partners. Together they are helping us to improve our current performance as well as being a vital resource for succession planning in the future.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg congratulated the city council on being named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer. He added: “This years Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers have demonstrated the huge impact on the young people they invest in and the many benefits for their organisations.
“Apprentices help employers develop a skilled and qualified workforce to build a stronger economy, while creating a fairer society where young people can get on and go far in some of Britain’s best companies.
“I would encourage more businesses across England to follow these shining examples and find out how apprenticeships can help them build a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce.”
CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. They should be proud of their role in helping people gain the skills they need to be successful.”