Mercedes-Benz Wins National Apprenticeship Award
The Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Programme has been recognized as being one of the best in the country after winning a top award from the National Apprenticeship Service.
Mercedes-Benz was awarded the winner of the Large Employer category for companies with between 250 and 4,999 staff at an honors ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, where the UK’s elite apprentices and apprentice employers were honored.
Judges praised the success of the Mercedes-Benz scheme, which has welcomed close to 3,000 apprentices for technician and parts specialist training since its beginning in 1995 – 65% of whom are still working within the Retailer network.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said: “Congratulations to Mercedes-Benz for their success in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, which have showcased so much inspiring talent, dedication and ensures that apprenticeships get the prestige they deserve.
The Mercedes-Benz Programme, which began with just 31 apprentices 22 years ago, has logged 98% growth in the past four years and accepted a record intake of 253 students in 2016 at its purpose-built Training Academy in Milton Keynes after receiving more than 6,500 applications for places. With a completion rate of over 91% compared to the national average of 69%, the three-year, Advanced Apprenticeship Programme continues to build on its status within the training sector.
Andrew Mallery, the training Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz, was delighted that the Programme had been recognized within the awards by the National Apprenticeship Service and is looking forward to putting more young people on the road to successful motor industry careers. “We are incredibly proud of the Programme and the opportunities that we are able to offer to ensure our Apprentice graduates become our stars of tomorrow,” he has commented.
He has also quoted that “Mercedes-Benz recognize that highly skilled and motivated employees are key to succeeding in serving and retaining our customers. With this in mind, the Programme will continue to support the needs of our organisation as it is an integral element of our future brand expansion.” -