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Gloucestershire firms make Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 has been announced, with a number of Gloucestershire employers making the cut.

Gloucestershire-based electrical contractor and electrical training specialist, Clarkson Evans, is ranked at number 46 on the list. The company is one of the biggest apprentice employers in the electrical industry, with apprentice positions available several times throughout the year.

Other employers with bases in Gloucestershire which made the list are BAE Systems (Brockworth - no23), Lloyds Banking Group (Brockworth - no25), Capita (Bishops Cleeve - no41), Unilever (Gloucester - no42), Kier Group (Hardwicke - no93) and Babcock International Group (Gloucestershire Airport - no99).

The list is made up of employers from the public and private sector, including industries such as engineering, banking, healthcare, retail, local government and the charity sector.

The British Army secured the number one slot as the best apprenticeship employer in the country, just ahead of HMRC and the Royal. The army helped over 8,000 apprentices gain new skills and progress in 2019-2020; with almost a fifth of its workforce currently completing apprenticeship programmes as part of their military training - in areas including engineering, telecommunications, logistics, construction, health and IT.

Gillian Keegan, apprenticeships and skills minister, said: "A huge congratulations to all those businesses featured in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers rankings. Apprenticeships help business of all sizes to grow, and give people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to learn new skills and get ahead in their chosen career.

"They will continue to play a vital role in delivering the skills individuals and the economy needs to thrive after coronavirus."

Boris Johnson, prime minister, said: "High-quality apprenticeships give people from all backgrounds and ages a real choice in life, providing them with the skills employers value, which our economy needs, and which lead to better paid jobs.

"These modern employers are at the heart of levelling up our workforce, and with the extra support we are providing will help the country build back better from coronavirus."

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