Last Thursday, 6 February, Capgemini and QA were announced as winners of the Apprenticeship Programme of the Year at The Learning and Performance Institute Learning Awards 2014. It’s always great to win, and earning this particular award is a fantastic acknowledgement of the continuing success of our apprenticeship programme.

The Awards are the Learning and Development’s sector’s annual celebration of outstanding achievement, best practice and excellence in corporate learning and performance. The Apprenticeship Programme award recognises excellence in learning provision for our apprentices, which is put into action through the partnership of Capgemini and training provider QA.

Our trophy was accepted by Apprentice Programme Manager Sasha Morgan Manley, apprentices Chloe Wilson and Danielle Elliott and by Ben Pike, Director of QA Programmes, who attended a gala event at the Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

Capgemini succeeded against tough competition from a range of organisations, including construction and civil engineering company BAM Nuttall, City College Plymouth, the Work Based Learning and Schools Partnership, bridge builders Mabey Bridge, homeless charity St. Mungo’s 
and Virgin Holidays.

Anouska Ramsay, Head of Talent, Capgemini said, “Our Apprenticeship Programme is a crucial element of our focus on talent for Capgemini. To receive recognition that our approach is best-in-class is a wonderful achievement, we are very proud of the contribution and commitment made across Capgemini to the programme and of our ongoing partnership with QA for outstanding training provision.”

 Danielle Elliott, Sasha Morgan Manley, Ben Pike (Director of QA Programmes) and Chloe WilsonBen Pike commented, “For the third year in a row, our apprenticeship programme has won the gold for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year for our programme with Capgemini. We are delighted to be able to share the award with Capgemini who are hugely supportive of their apprentices and strategically engaged with apprenticeships at all levels. Becky, Sasha and Anouska, who lead the programme for Capgemini, are outstanding examples of customer commitment to apprenticeships. Danielle Elliott and Chloe Wilson – the two apprentices who presented with us for the awards – are a great testimony to the success of the programme.”

Capgemini Higher Apprentice Gavin Lewis, who is currently taking part in the programme, said, “I have been able to progress exponentially in my software development skills through on-the-job training with technical mentoring and pair programming, as well as through course material and workshops conducted by QA. It has allowed me to begin my career alongside my education, gaining valuable experience at work, as well as working towards my qualifications. Creating business relationships has also helped me improve my soft skills and makes work a pleasant place to be.”