Tuesday, 16 April 2024
Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Hft named as 12th best employer for apprentices

National learning disability charity Hft has scooped 12th place in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Awards 2022, organised by the Department for Education.

The rankings, which this year had over 300 entrants, celebrate England’s outstanding apprenticeship employers and help future apprentices, parents and careers advisers to identify apprenticeship opportunities at the country’s leading employers.

“We’re proud that we have around 620 apprentices, which equates to 28% of our workforce,” says Kirsty Matthews, CEO of Hft. “Given the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis in the care sector, linked to funding and the ability to pay competitive salaries, apprenticeships have enabled us to enhance our total reward package for apprentice applicants because candidates can undertake a formal qualification at no additional cost to themselves and this will ultimately enable them to be successful in their roles while progressing in their careers,” she adds.

Apprentices have had an extremely positive impact on Hft and the people it supports because they form a key part of the charity’s talent pipeline by bringing talent into the organisation as well as improving staff retention.

Kevin Moyes, Chief People and Organisational Development Offices at Hft, said:

“We know that colleagues who have been developed and grown in-house will often repay with loyalty and greater commitment.

“We have many examples of where colleagues have benefitted from an apprenticeship to achieve higher level qualifications in care which have, in turn, led to them being promoted into higher-level positions.

“We also have cases of colleagues who have completed apprenticeships to gain leadership qualifications. In fact, one colleague at the moment is completing her level 7 Master’s degree as part of her CPD.”

The Apprenticeship Employer Awards rankings were developed by the Department of Education, in partnership with High Fliers Research, which independently assesses and ranks the country’s top apprenticeship employers.


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