Yesterday, Bournville Village Trust’s PropertyCare Division received news that they have been shortlisted as “Apprentice Employer of the Year” by CITB, the sector skills council for the Construction industry.
The CITB Apprentice Employer of the Year awards that will be held in London in November , recognise employers that have made significant contributions to developing staff and nurturing skills through work based training and apprenticeship programmes.
Judged by a team of CITB Regional Managers, BVT was nominated by Abdul Mozzandar, Apprenticeship Officer from Construction Skills. Commenting on his decision to nominate Bournville PropertyCare Services, Abdul said; “We have been really impressed by the commitment and support that BVT has given to their Apprentices. They offer diversity and scope for opportunity whilst really looking after their staff.”
Now one of 10 employers shortlisted nationally for this prestigious award, Steve Rose, Head of Contracting Services was presented with a golden ticket and invitation to the awards dinner. As in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the golden ticket provided a fitting gesture for a business whose heritage stems from the Cadbury chocolate factory.
BPS has a long history of delivering training to local young people that harks back to the days of George Cadbury, the founder of BVT. Today, BPS employs 12 Apprentices within its property care business, with plans to continue to develop new talent in years to come. Steve Rose said. “Being recognised for our work in developing tradespeople is great. Its part of our ethos to support the local economy, we want to offer local jobs to local people. This helps us build and sustain our communities.”
CITB’s Area Delivery Manager Naomi Harriman presented the golden ticket to Steve Rose and BVT’s Chief Executive, Peter Roach. She said; “BPS has done extremely well to get this far and we are looking forward to finding out who the overall winner is for Apprenticeship Employer of the Year in November.