On Friday we heard the news that Napier has been recognised as one of England’s top 100 Apprenticeship employers by the National Apprenticeship Service.

This recognition for Napier is the latest in a series of accolades we have received for our ongoing commitment to supporting apprenticeships. Companies from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories were eligible and only the most exceptional feature in the list announced on Friday, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.

We are huge advocates of Apprenticeships and actively seek to employ apprentices to grow and enhance the workforce. On hearing the news of this latest recognition for Napier, Mike Maynard proudly commented, “2016 has been a fantastic year for us. Having won Highly Commended in the SME category in October, hiring another new apprentice and now making the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship employer list, we are incredibly proud and remain certain that apprentices will be a part of Napier’s future. The diversity of companies in this list proves that apprenticeships are a fantastic route to building a career and highlights that they are beneficial to companies of all sizes and industries.”

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service commented on Napier Partnership being named a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer saying, “The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list 2016 demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation. Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, up to degree level, while working and earning. These Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers are making a difference to the lives of their apprentices by investing in their future. In return, apprentices are helping employers to develop a skilled, qualified workforce to build a stronger economy. I hope the success of these Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers will mean more businesses across England aspire to follow their example and to find out for themselves how apprenticeships help to grow a skilled and highly qualified workforce.