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Apprentices are at the heart of everything that industry leading Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) does – which is why the not-for-profit organisation is the headline sponsor for the 2023 North Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards. Find out how to enter and what makes OAL one of the top 10 apprenticeship end-point assessment organisations in the country.
Following the sudden and unexpected closure of Learning Education and Development (LEAD) Limited, a large Private Training provider, during the summer of 2022, a significant number of apprentices were left in a state of limbo, having achieved gateway but had not started or fully completed End Point Assessment (EPA).
What an apprenticeship does, is actually offers the jobs to people who really love it and want to be part of the industry, but for one reason or another decided that the alternative routes in the industry are not for them. I think it’s a really valuable way to start a career in our industry, particularly because it’s so technical, it’s so practical.
We have a fantastic interview that we carried out with Cian Short, Early Careers Manager at Bakkavor, the UK’s leading food manufacturer! In it Cian details how important Apprenticeships are towards developing talent within the business, their key reasons for developing apprenticeships and why he thinks other employers should follow suit!
As part of NAW2022 #BuildtheFuture OAL (Occupational Awards Limited) conducted a series of interviews on how apprenticeships are key to the future success of so many of the employers we work with. What we found, was that part of this building for the future included a focus on inclusivity and diversity.