Pickfords apprentice scheme recognised with regional award

National removals and storage company Pickfords has been awarded ‘Newcomer Large Employer of the Year’ at the London Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognise employers that demonstrate how apprentices have made a difference to their organisation and careers, as well as businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplace.

Pickfords began its apprentice scheme in April 2015 with a view to filling a skills gap for both HGV drivers and office-based staff. Working with recruitment company People Plus Group Ltd, Network Director Mark Taylor developed the apprentice scheme to create opportunities for young people across the country. For many it was their first job role, one which provided coaching and training and lead to a professional qualification.

As a regional winner, Pickfords has made it through to the national awards.  Finalists will be announced in November and the winners announced in January 2017.

Photo: Network Director Mark Taylor and HR Advisor Sherrie Henrick.

Mark Taylor said “This is the first time we have entered, and we are delighted to have beaten such tough competition to win the Regional Award. Thanks to our HR team, management teams, People Plus Group and our apprentices who have worked so hard to make this project a success.”




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