Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has been ranked among the top 15 best apprenticeship employers in England.
The organisation was revealed as number 11 in this year’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020, a list released by the government.
Hft was also the highest ranked charity and social care provider in the leader board, which celebrates employers from a range of industries across both the public and private sectors.
Apprentices account for around 20% of Hft’s workforce and are focused on gaining skills, experience and qualifications while earning a wage.
The first apprentice funded by the government’s Levy scheme began in August 2017, and today there are more than 600 apprentices across the organisation taking part in nationally recognised training and development programmes to start or further careers, predominantly in social care and management, but also in areas such as administration, IT and accountancy.
The leader board was independently compiled from more than 400 applications, which analysed data such as the number of apprentices from across different levels and topics, how many completed qualifications and the amount of people who went on to study further qualifications at higher levels.
The ranking is the latest recognition of Hft’s commitment to developing its workforce. Last year the charity was endorsed at the highest level by Skills for Care when it was awarded Centre of Excellence status in recognition of its training provision.
Sue Hill, Hft’s head of Organisational Development, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be named as the eleventh best apprenticeship employer in the country. It is fantastic to be recognised for the opportunities we offer and is a testament to both the hard work of those working behind the scenes that are responsible for driving the delivery of the training, and our apprentices’ commitment to the programmes.
“Professional development is extremely important to us and we strive to offer exemplary learning and development opportunities for all staff. Apprenticeships are an important part of this, as they offer a structured framework for staff to gain skills in numeracy and literacy as well as nationally recognised qualifications for those who are new to the sector or may want to further their careers.
“We are really keen to continue to grow opportunities for both new and existing staff and would encourage anyone considering starting out in a career in social care or keen to further their career to consider an apprenticeship. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, gain formal qualifications and earn a wage at the same time.”
Caption: Hft’s Organisational Development team. This photo was taken before the pandemic.