STAFFORD-based breakdown and emergency assistance firm River Canal Rescue (RCR) has been named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer in the annual list compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service.
The firm was recognised for its high standards of excellence in employing apprentices – who account for nearly 60% of its 33-strong workforce – at the National Apprenticeship Awards final on January 20 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
RCR was put forward for inclusion on England’s Top 100 list – joining organisations such as BAE, Travis Perkins, Mercedes, ARUP, Centrica and Sellafield – after being named the Medium Employer of the Year 2016 at the North West National Apprenticeship Awards in October.
All top 100 employers feature in a Government-backed public relations campaign and the list was published in a Sunday Telegraph supplement soon after the final. Managing director, Stephanie Horton, comments: “To have our three-year apprenticeship programme recognised and rewarded at a national level is a huge achievement for us. Without apprentices our business would never have been able to grow the way it has.
“The intensity of our mentoring/education and investment in specialist training/well-being means all apprentices have a depth of understanding and commitment to RCR that is impossible to ‘buy in’. We’re very proud to be on the list with such high-profile organisations and this gives us huge confidence for the future.”
National Apprenticeship Service director, Sue Husband, agrees: “This list clearly demonstrates the impact apprentices can have on an organisation. By investing in apprentices, employers are developing a skilled, qualified workforce that is helping to build a stronger economy.”