Cloudamour Wins Microsoft Apprentice Employer of the Year 2014
On the 23rd June 2014, Microsoft announced the winners of its 2014 Apprentice of the Year Awards during a reception in the House of Commons, kindly hosted by Andrew Jones MP, Apprenticeship Ambassador in Parliament. The winning employers and apprentices were presented with their awards by Nadhim Zahawi MP, Member of the No 10 Policy Board with special responsibility for business and the economy.
Cloudamour, based in Hertfordshire, was chosen as the overall Apprentice Employer of the Year from the thousands of Microsoft partner businesses across the UK. Cloudamour were nominated for their long-term development plans and their excellent training programme. They were also commended for having 20% of their workforce as apprentices.
The Microsoft apprenticeship programme is part of the company’s commitment to provide the relevant training and skills to young people in the UK, and help them succeed through technology. Microsoft works with training providers QA, Firebrand, Baltic, Remit, Future Unlimited and IT Skillsman, and thousands of its partners across the UK to deliver the apprenticeships. The Apprentice of the Year Awards also recognise the support provided by this network of partner businesses and training providers.
The Microsoft apprenticeship scheme is an important element of the company’s Get On programme, which aims to help 300,000 young people in Britain by 2015. Microsoft developed the Partner Apprenticeship to help businesses access the talent they need, and as a way for young people to gain high quality IT skills and long term employment. Since 2010, Microsoft has facilitated apprenticeship opportunities for over 5,000 young people.
Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft said:
‘‘Microsoft is delighted to celebrate the achievements of all our winners and finalists. There is a huge wealth of talent in the UK and it’s important to acknowledge the tremendous commitment of employers and their apprentices, who have developed their skills during tough economic times.
“The great news is that these young people are now firmly on the career ladder; 93% of Microsoft apprentices stay with our partner businesses and move into a fully qualified role. These awards recognise their hard work, determination and achievements, which will stand them in good stead for a successful career in IT and will help maintain the talent pipeline in the UK.’’
Nadhim Zahawi MP said:
“Apprenticeships make a vital contribution to our economy and equip young people with the skills they need to realise their potential. Our reforms are making apprenticeships more rigorous and more responsive to the needs of employers. We’re also driving up the quality of vocational education and putting a major emphasis on basic skills in English, maths and also ICT. Yet a strong skills system ultimately depends on companies like Microsoft, who actively support aspirational young people and provide them with the training they need to get into the workplace and get on in life. It’s great to be here today to celebrate the fantastic achievements and hard work of these apprentices and their employers.”
Microsoft has worked to help people in the UK find jobs for more than a decade. In 2009, it launched Britain Works, the company’s commitment to helping 500,000 people into employment, which it achieved through a combination of partnerships with NGOs, skills training and apprenticeships – which are a crucial way of finding talent, developing skills and fuelling the talent pipeline of the IT industry. The Get On programme builds on Britain Works and is specifically aimed at helping 16-24 years olds as youth unemployment remains an issue in the UK.
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