John O'Conner wins apprenticeship award

John O'Conner has been announced as a winner at the East of England National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 regional ceremony, in the Large Employer category.

Matt O'Conner
Matt O'Conner

The awards, now in their 13th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Managing director Matt O’Conner said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive the Regional Winner Award in the Large Employer category from the National Apprenticeship Service. With our 2016 apprentice cohort having recently joined us and working on our contracts, the recognition we’ve received is a tangible accolade we can refer to inspire our apprentices to become the managers and directors of the future. I congratulate all of our staff involved in delivering our apprenticeship programme and the good work they do to collectively support and retain our apprentices on their 18-month journey with us; giving them a chance to develop their confidence and soft skills and to have a meaningful job and career prospects, while at the same time providing John O’Conner with a workforce who, when supported, give us business-improving ideas, innovations and our future management pipeline.

"John O’Conner won in recognition of the contribution made to apprenticeships and the ‘family’ approach we take to support each apprentice where-ever they’ are based. Their mentor will also work with parents, especially where we have to make adjustments for the special needs of some of our apprentices."

The award was sponsored by BAE Systems.

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "John O’Conner has won the Large Employer of the Year award and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. Winning this award is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one."

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