It was a win, win for Dale Power Solutions at the regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards on 10th October. Not only did Dales take the award for Large Employer but apprentices Hannah Magowan won the Advanced Apprentice category and Mickyle Clark was awarded the Higher/Degree Apprentice. Having won at regional level, all three will be entered into the nationwide competition to compete with the country's elite. Finalists will be announced in November and the winners in January 2018.
The Awards, now in their fourteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: business that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplace.
On being announced as Large Employer winner, Mark Carter, Business Support Manager at Dale Power Solutions said: ''Being a company with under 300 employees makes us relatively small for the Large Employer category which is open to organisations with up to 4,999 employees, so we are thrilled to win this award in the Yorkshire and Humber region. One third of our apprentices are female and having two of our apprentices, Mickyle Clark and Hannah Magowan awarded with Higher/Degree Apprentice and Advanced Apprentice in the regional finals is the icing on the cake, Hannah has been with us for two years as an Electrical Apprentice and Mickyle for just over three years as Business Support Apprentice. Both women are real assets to the business and the recognition is well deserved.''
Dales' Chief Executive Officer, Tim Wilkins, added: ''As a recognised Cornerstone Employer our grass-roots strategy to solve the skills shortage in the industry is in its tenth year and we are proud to have apprentices at all levels working within the business. Our Ambassador programme is thriving and our apprentices will continue to work with schools and colleges to ombat the wider issue or social mobility in our area.''
Dale Power Solutions is no stranger to the NAS Awards having won Highly Commended Employer in 2012, Regional Apprentice (Natasha Pitts) in 2013, 2014, 2016 and Regional Medium Employer in 2014.
Everyone at DTA wishes Dale Power Solutions, Hannah and Mickyle the best of luck for the Finals.