Photo: Gary Pamflett and Lewis Jeffery being awarded the Large Apprentice Employer of the Year award
Serco’s defence team based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has won the ‘Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’ award at a glittering ceremony for the fourth annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards held by Truro and Penwith College on Friday 12 October.
The Judges said that Serco won due to ‘the wide range of apprenticeships on offer within the organisation, from aeronautical engineering to logistics and business administration. Progression rates at Serco are exceptional, with all of Serco Defence’s apprentices being offered a guaranteed job on completion, while being encouraged to take part in community and charity work to support corporate social responsibility.
Truro and Penwith College said that they received hundreds of nominations this year for the Awards, which celebrate both the achievements of Apprentices from across Cornwall who work in a variety of sectors, and also those employers who go the extra mile in terms of the provision and support they provide.
Rachael Stevenson, Serco Contract Director at RNAS Culdrose, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award. We have a fantastic team who run our apprentice scheme, led by Gary Pamflett and supported by Nigel Coyne and they work really hard to ensure our apprentices get the most out of the scheme. They are all guaranteed a job at the end of their apprenticeship and we see some great skills coming through that are a real benefit to our business and to the local community.”
The Awards are open to all apprentices and apprenticeship employers across Cornwall and cover a range of professional categories including construction, engineering, management and marketing and business. Judging the awards was a panel made up of industry leaders from a range of large and medium Cornish employers. 2018 was a very successful year for learners from Truro and Penwith College as 11 of Ofsted Outstanding College’s apprentices came out on top in 13 apprentice categories.