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Apprenticeships team win regional award

Posted: 05/11/20

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) has won the QA Award for Macro Employer of the Year in the 2020 North East National Apprenticeship Awards.

The virtual ceremony to announce the regional winners was held on Monday 2 November. CNTW won the coveted award, and will now progress to represent the region at the National Final on Wednesday 25 November.

A leading provider of mental health and disability services, CNTW has over 300 apprentices. The Trust offers apprenticeships in areas including customer service, health and management ranging from Level 2 to Level 7. There are also development opportunities for current staff, enabling them to gain recognition for their skills. CNTW also has the region’s largest cohort of Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices.

Annette Connor, Apprenticeships and Career Development Lead at CNTW Training Academy, said: “We are thrilled to be recognised as a regional winner of this award, cementing our position as a committed apprentice employer.

“This will increase recognition of CNTW’s achievements, both as an employer and of the apprentices themselves. We promote an inclusive apprenticeship scheme and our apprentices are given the skills, experience and qualifications to succeed in their roles and ongoing careers.

“To win this award is an acknowledgement of the work the CNTW Academy and Apprenticeship Team puts into promoting our apprenticeship opportunities and the positive contribution our apprentices make.”

Now in their 17th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards highlight business and individual success in apprenticeships. This year is particularly poignant given the challenges many employers and apprentices have faced during the pandemic.

Each online ceremony recognised apprentices that have gone above and beyond to make a difference whilst undertaking their apprenticeship.

Apprentice employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions from all industries entered the awards with over 1,100 entries received nationally, from sectors including public sector, construction, health, IT, science and digital.