Horsham, UK – 15th November 2012 - Damovo UK has been recognised in the second Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, announced at National Apprenticeship Awards at The Skills Show in Birmingham on 14th November.
The prestigious Top 100 list, compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. After a rigorous selection process, the most outstanding Apprenticeship employers from all four National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories (ranging from small to macro sized business) went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.
Damovo impressed judges with its successful apprentice scheme, which has encouraged young people from the local area to gain valuable experience working within the company. To date, Damovo has taken on 14 local apprentices into its two year apprenticeship scheme, all of whom will receive an externally assessed certification through Northbrook College. The scheme has been such a success that it has already led to ten apprentices being placed in permanent junior technical support roles within Damovo’s Network Operations Centre (NOC) at Horsham.
Commenting on the company’s entry in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’s list, Simon Payne, managing director of Damovo UK, said:
“We are delighted to be named as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for the second year running. This is a great accolade after recently being named Large Employer of the Year in the South Central regional finals. We recognise that apprenticeship schemes are a great way to continually re-invigorate the business and encourage local talent. The award is fantastic recognition for our scheme and is also a testament to the young people who work so hard to make it a success.”
David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, congratulated Damovo on its success: “The breadth and depth of employers on our Top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the UK economy.
“Apprenticeships are the country’s gold standard for vocational training. As part of the new era for apprenticeships we are introducing measures to ensure there has never been a better time for employers to hire apprentices.
“With more higher, degree level, apprenticeships, rigorous new standards for all apprenticeships and new financial incentives for small firms who hire their first apprentices, employers can be confident that apprenticeships will deliver for them.”
Meanwhile, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, said: “At City & Guilds, we’re all about helping people and organisations develop their skills for growth. Apprenticeships are integral to helping us achieve this; they develop the workforce of tomorrow, whilst giving people the skills they need to succeed in employment. To be named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer is a sign of excellence and Damovo should feel incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved. I hope that other employers will be inspired by their success to discover the benefits apprenticeships can offer.”
To view the full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
About Damovo UK (www.damovo.co.uk)
Damovo is an established ICT provider and integrator with over 35 years’ experience. Whether at the desktop, application or network level, Damovo offers solutions for the office, mobile or home worker that can dramatically reduce costs, increase manageability and enhance productivity. Our priority is to help our clients secure the very best return on their ICT investment – not just financially but in operational, organisational and environmental terms as well.
Damovo partners with over 100 technology specialists, holding the highest levels of accreditation with Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Aastra, Mitel and Extreme.
As part of the Damovo Group Limited, which has operations in ten countries, Damovo UK has more than 600 clients spanning 5,000 sites. Clients include Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, University of Birmingham, Manchester United, Crown Paints, Transport for London, National Grid Transco, Bank of England, Conran Group, Leeds City Council, BAA Airports and University of St Andrews.