The National Apprenticeship Service has awarded Dale Power Solutions the ‘The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Medium employer of the Year’ for their apprentice programme. In addition, their apprentice Natasha Pitts won her second ‘Unilever Award for Higher Apprentice of the Year’, making it an exceptional night of celebration at the Yorkshire & Humberside regional apprenticeship awards.
The winners were announced at a high-profile awards ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and held at the iconic Carriage works theatre in Leeds on Wednesday the 3rd September.
Dale Power Solutions apprenticeship programme first began in the 1940’s. Since then, the scheme has been recognised nationally as a top 100 UK apprentice employer, their apprentices winning regional and national accolades. They attract many of the nation’s brightest apprentices, answering where the power of apprenticeships could take you.
Nick Wilson, Deputy Director Employer & Delivery Services North East (including Yorkshire and Humber), said:
“The National Apprenticeship Awards are an excellent platform to recognise and celebrate the dedication shown by all our excellent Apprenticeship employers and apprentices.”
“Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity, and events like the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase just how beneficial they are for both employers and individuals. I hope everyone who received an award on the night is proud of their achievements, and continues to fly the flag for Apprenticeships throughout their career.”
“Those who have won should celebrate their success. But every apprentice and EMPLOYER who entered can be proud of what they have achieved.”
Mark Carter, Business Support Manager comments “This is a great achievement for the team at Dale Power Solutions. 25% of our workforce began their career as an apprentice, which have given our apprentices excellent role models to work with. Every apprentice enrolled with Dale Power Solutions is assigned a mentor in their workplace, who is responsible for sharing their knowledge, supporting, and motivating the apprentice to achieve their full potential.”
August saw Dale Power Solutions ‘class of 2014’ commence the first year of their 4 year apprenticeship program. The intake of five apprentices includes two female electrical engineering apprentices, demonstrating that engineering is not just for men. This has taken our 5% Club figure to 8.1% (number of apprentices within the workforce), highlighting our commitment to apprenticeships and local communities.
Due to the success of the apprenticeship program, Dale Power Solutions are excited to announce that we will be expanding the programme to offer business and administration, including routes into IT, finance and supply chain management. Further recruitment is now underway.
Natasha Pitts on winning the Higher Apprentice of the year award: “It is a real Honour to have gained the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award for the Yorkshire and Humber Region two years in a row. Dale Power Solutions have been extremely supportive throughout my apprenticeship. Dale continually provides me with challenges to enable me to progress my career and engineering experiences. My success is thanks to the support of Dale Power Solutions and all my work colleagues who helped me throughout my apprenticeship”.
Tim Wilkins, CEO of Dale Power Solutions commented:
“Dale Power Solutions are extremely proud of Natasha’s achievements. Her efforts and skill set demonstrates our commitment towards attracting and retaining the best talent within the industry and to ensuring our clients receive quality engineering services.”
As part of our corporate and social responsibility strategy Dale Power Solutions is committed to making a sustainable positive impact on the communities in which we operate. With this in mind Dale Power Solutions are supporting the new local employability Charter, bringing schools and businesses together to provide opportunities for young people to gain an insight into work, jobs and the development of skills and other qualities to increase employability. We aim to make a distinctive contribution to equality and social development through the establishment of effective partnerships and programmes.”
All the Yorkshire and Humberside winners now proceed to a final national judging stage, and have the opportunity to be crowned as the national winner in their category.
The Apprenticeship employer entries judged to be the very best of the best will have the additional honour of featuring in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, and revealed during the national ceremony on the 13th November at the LG Arena in Birmingham.
For more information on Dale Power Solutions apprenticeship scheme please visit the careers section of their website.