The seventh annual Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards will once again shine a spotlight on our county’s apprentices - and the businesses and organisations, training providers and schools that support their journey - recognising the huge contribution they make to our county’s economy at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2023 at Williams F1 Conference Centre.
We're delighted to introduce Darke & Taylor as a sponsor of the Oxforshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023. Darke & Taylor is dedicated to providing high-quality, integrated and compliant design, installation and maintenance solutions for all building services systems.
Here, Simon Newton, Managing Director at Darke & Taylor - who has hosted the Awards for the last 4 years and is a member of the Awards committee - explains why the company has chosen to sponsor the Awards and what apprenticeships mean to them.
Why are you supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards?
Apprenticeships are a key element of our business and instrumental in enabling us to build a skilled and loyal workforce. At Darke & Taylor our Apprentices and our Apprenticeship scheme have won awards and we know what a positive impact this has on our business which makes us all the more keen to support our local awards.
Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships
The Apprenticeship initiative at Darke & Taylor has evolved over time to become the cornerstone on which the company and its progression is founded. Today it is a vital part of our business model which recognises that sustainable success is about developing people. Over the last 40 years the company has offered jobs and training to in excess of 350 young school leavers and today over 20% of the workforce are engaged in an Apprenticeship learning to become electricians, fire & security engineers, business administrators and ICT specialists.
Darke & Taylor is committed to Apprenticeships and our scheme is special because it really delivers; four of our current Board Directors, two Associate Directors, eight senior managers and the majority of our senior engineers completed their Apprenticeships with the company. We are very proud of our award winning Apprenticeships.
What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating?
If you are an Apprentice or you know of one that really adds value in the workplace, that enjoys their job and knows they have made a great decision in following the Apprenticeship route, then you should not hesitate to enter or nominate.
The process is very straightforward and the application form simple to complete, no trick questions, just an opportunity to speak positively and honestly about the Apprenticeship experience. The Awards will celebrate all that is good about Apprenticeships in Oxfordshire and being nominated, making the final or possibly even winning are all positive experiences that Apprentices and their employers will benefit from.
About the Awards
The awards will be open for entries and nominations until midnight on the evening of Friday 17 February 2023. Finalists will be announced during Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (hashtag #OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 on Thursday 20 April 2023. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2023.
If you would like the opportunity to support the Awards, please get in touch.
Join us for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2023.