SME Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Peterborough Apprenticeship Awards 2019

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We are honoured to announce that we have won the SME Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Peterborough Telegraph Apprenticeship Awards 2019! The awards aim to celebrate leading apprenticeship schemes in the local area – from the apprentices themselves, to the training providers and employees that support them. We are delighted to have received the accolade as we were up against some tough competitors from a variety of industries. It’s very rewarding to see that our dedication to education and supporting our employees has been recognised by the judges.

Passionate about employees

Here at OAL we are passionate about encouraging our employees in both their personal and professional development, and often support them to complete apprenticeships and degrees while working. Currently in our company of around 65 employees, 12% are studying across multiple disciplines. We feel that this approach – working and earning a salary whilst completing valuable qualifications and developing industry knowledge – benefits both our employees and the company as learnings can be put into practice from day one.

Great facilities to aid apprenticeships

Our partnership with the University of Lincoln, who were recently named number 17 in The Guardian’s University league tables for 2020, and their satellite campus at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in Holbeach, means that our apprentices have access to modern and innovative facilities, with the opportunity to get hands-on with experiments and trials. The NCFM, which is seen as a national exemplar for its apprenticeship provision, is home to our revolutionary Steam Infusion test centre where apprentices can get involved in the experiments and understand how the system works by experiencing one-to-one training. 

Not only do our apprentices get access to the facilities of leading institutions in the UK, they also receive dedicated training from industry experts. Our passion for growth and development means we ensure apprentices get the best of both worlds, with access to great facilities with committed teachers, whilst being part of an exciting, welcoming and innovative team.

Want to know more?

Would you like to be part of an award-winning team that encourages personal and professional opportunities? We pride ourselves on our commitment to supporting the development of our teams and are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join us. Why not take a look at our latest vacancies to see if you could begin your career at OAL!

Alicia Jones