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DBS Win at National Apprentice Awards 2016 Midlands Regional Final

» 5th October 2016

Derry Building Services have been announced as Medium Employer of the Year at the Midlands National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 regional ceremony in recognition of the contribution that they make to apprenticeships.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth 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.

Their application will now be considered against other regional winners from across the country with the hope of being shortlisted for the National Awards to be held in London early next year.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented;

‘The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed - in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need.

DBS have won the Medium Employer of the Year, East Midlands Region, 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.’

Mark Townsend, Managing Director at DBS commented;

‘We are immensely proud of the apprenticeship training schemes that we have created and to have them formally recognised at an awards ceremony like this is a real honour.

Over 65% of our workforce started their career as an apprentice, including all of our Directors, so we understand just how important this route into a career can be. This understanding drives our passion to afford young people the same opportunities we were given and winning this award is not only fantastic publicity for our company but also gives credibility to our programme and celebrates the individuals working so hard within it.

We will now turn our attention to the National Judging Stage and hope that our commitment to apprenticeship training will see us shortlisted nationally.’

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