Barratt Yorkshire West named as Top 100 employer

Apprentices  008Barratt Yorkshire West has been recognised in the second Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards (part of The Skills Show in Birmingham). 

The prestigious Top 100 list – compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds – recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. After a rigorous selection process, the most outstanding Apprenticeship Employers from all four National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories (ranging from small to macro sized business) went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer such placements. 

Barratt Yorkshire West has an extremely successful apprenticeship programme which has seen one of the newest apprentices Jason Whitehead rack up a very impressive list of awards and commendations locally and nationally. Since starting with Barratt in 2010 as a bricklaying apprentice, Jason has quickly gone on to showcase his aptitude for the trade. Since receiving his initial training; he has achieved his NVQ level one, two and three qualifications and most recently claimed the construction industry ‘gold’ for his incredible workmanship at the 2012 SkillBuild National Final. 

This year’s new apprentices are Maxwell Corker, a Joiner who is being trained at The Edge in Waverley and Jacob Ward, a Bricklayer who is enjoying his placement at The Oaks, Leeds New Forest Village. 

Both Maxwell and Jacob are keen to follow in Jason’s footsteps and are taking advantage of the training that they are receiving from some of the best Site Managers in Britain. 

Barratt apprentices receive a wealth of training from varied roles including Site Labourers and Managing Directors. As well as learning in the class room, each apprentice gets plenty of opportunities to get their hands dirty and help build Barratt’s five star homes. 

Commenting on the company’s entry in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’s list, Wayne Sutton, Contracts Manager for Barratt Yorkshire West said; “Apprentices are what make our business great and ensure we continue to excel in the housebuilding industry. As a developer we are synonymous with very high standards and young professionals like Jason, Jacob and Maxwell are what will keep us at the top of the construction sector moving forward. 

“It is a great achievement for Barratt to be acknowledged for its brilliant apprenticeship programme and we hope that many more youngsters will take advantage of the scheme.” 

David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, congratulated Barratt Yorkshire West on its success: “The breadth and depth of employers on our Top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact Apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the UK economy. 

“Apprenticeships are the country’s gold standard for vocational training. As part of the new era for Apprenticeships we are introducing measures to ensure there has never been a better time for employers to hire apprentices. 

“With more higher, degree level, apprenticeships, rigorous new standards and new financial incentives for small firms who hire their first apprentices, employers can be confident that apprenticeships will deliver for them.”   

Meanwhile, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, said: “At City & Guilds, we’re all about helping people and organisations develop their skills for growth. Apprenticeships are integral to helping us achieve this; they develop the workforce of tomorrow, whilst giving people the skills they need to succeed in employment. To be named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer is a sign of excellence and Barratt Yorkshire West should feel incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved. I hope that other employers will be inspired by their success to discover the benefits apprenticeships can offer.” 

Date Posted 28 November 2012
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