NVT Group has won the ‘Employer of the Year’ award at the 2014 Microsoft Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year awards, which took place at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 24th April.
The awards provide recognition to an apprentice of the year and an apprentice employer of the year. NVT won the employer award amongst a very strong field of employers, all of which were nominated by their own apprentices.
NVT’s Managing Director, Stephen Park Brown said:
“NVT’s successful bid to be the ‘Technology Services Integrator’ for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games included a commitment to employ 15 Modern Apprentices. NVT Group is immensely proud that this award, presented at the Scottish Parliament by Angela Constance, recognises the support and commitment of our Modern Apprentices.
This summer, the Commonwealth Games will be a fabulous platform to showcase NVT’s Modern Apprentices. They will all play a crucial role delivering the technology that underpins this high profile event. These Modern Apprentices will inspire others to follow which will benefit the broader Scottish Technology Industry for years to come.”
Chris Forrest, Director, Microsoft Scotland said:
“There is a huge wealth of talent here in Scotland and it’s really important to celebrate the achievements of these apprentices, who have developed their skills and started an apprenticeship during tough economic times. The great news is that these young people are now firmly on the career ladder; 93% of Microsoft apprentices stay with our partner businesses and move into a fully qualified role. These awards recognise their hard work, determination and achievements so far, which will stand them in good stead for a successful career in IT and will help maintain the talent pipeline we have in Scotland.”
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance said:
“The Scottish Government has ambitious plans for Scotland to be a world leading digital nation by 2020 and I’m delighted that Microsoft are encouraging their partners to offer our young people opportunities to enter this job market.
“It is fantastic that we can celebrate the achievements of Modern Apprentices at awards ceremonies like this and I’m pleased to see young women also entering the digital technologies sector. I wish all the Modern Apprentices the best in their future careers.”
On Sunday 4th May, NVT’s Modern Apprentices will take part in a sponsored climb of the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. The apprentices are taking part in the climb in aid of the NSPCC and are currently fundraising for this worthy cause. If you would like to support the apprentices in their endeavour, click HERE for full information.