Posted by on 11 February 2019

The University of Exeter has been shortlisted for the 2019 HR Distinction Awards in the “Distinction in Apprenticeship/Graduate Programme” category.  Full shortlist here – Other employers in our category are:

  • BAE Systems
  • Dr Martens
  • JBW Group Ltd
  • REED
  • The Co-op
  • University of Exeter
  • Virgin Media
  • Wipro Limited

This award recognises an organisation’s excellence in developing a business-led, early career training scheme/programme – including apprenticeships, recruitment programmes and school leaver qualification-based schemes.

Shortlisted employers have demonstrated the use of 21st-century learning options and innovative ways to attract, retain and develop new talent to the profession while delivering real bottom-line results.

The HR Distinction judges shortlisted against:

  • The attractiveness of the scheme/programme and innovative methods and tools used to attract talent
  • Clear links between the training scheme/programme and the strategic goals of the business
  • Evidence of strong retention rates at the end of the program/qualification
  • A clear and measurable return on investment.

The University of Exeter apprenticeship strategy is boosting workforce capability, through ‘growing their own’ talent from a variety of entry routes, and enhancing skills of the existing staff to meet existing and future skills gaps.

This is being delivered by a holistic approach reaching across all campuses in Devon and Cornwall.

Working with quality local training providers has ensured that their apprentices are of the highest calibre and has helped to address social mobility and skills shortages.

The University of Exeter is a proud supporter of apprenticeships, and believe that apprenticeships will help to develop talent in the South West and will give people the opportunity to work in a Russell Group University.

Apprentices at the University perform exceptionally well and are able to add value to their teams from the day they join.  Many of whom go on to secure jobs at the University on successful completion.

Some of our successes are:

  • 98 apprentices currently employed at the university.
  • Exponential growth of new starts: 1.3% (10) in 2016/17, 3.7% (31) in 2017/18, and 8.9% (76) this year.
  • Our apprentices are employed in different occupations (level 2 to 7) across Devon and Cornwall in Agriculture, environmental & animal care, Business & Administration, Catering & Hospitality, Childcare & Education, Construction, Digital, Engineering & manufacturing, and Health & science

The HR Distinction Awards will be hosted in the world-famous Grosvenor Hotel in London on the 2nd May 2019.

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