Heathcotes is runner-up in prestigious apprenticeship awards

17th May 2017

Heathcotes are delighted to report that we finished runner-up in the Large Employer category of the inaugural North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprentice Awards. As one of the nominated finalists, Heathcotes joined our learning partners, Chesterfield College and Learning Unlimited, at last night’s ceremony in Sheffield, hosted by Sheffield Star and the Apprentice contestant Frances Bishop. The awards celebrate the best on-the-job training and recognise the hardworking individuals and organisations involved in apprenticeships.

Tracy Johnson, Head of Quality & Compliance at Heathcotes Group, said:

“Heathcotes feel that apprenticeships are a vital component in training and development strategy of care organisations in order to give their workforce the skills they need to deliver a quality service and a good quality of life for the people they care for.  Working with Learning Unlimited, we have developed a work-based learning formula, including apprenticeships, which have played a huge part in reducing staff turnover, improving retention and progression rates. Our staff turnover rate is only 3.2% which is much lower than the industry average of 25.4%. Our apprentice qualification achievement rate for 2015/16 was 73.1%, which is above the national average for the sector, and our current forecast for achievement in 2016/17 is 83.7%. That figure is over 13% above the national average for apprenticeships and almost 20% above the achievement rate for the sector.

Our apprentices say that they feel supported and valued for the challenging work that they do. Apprentices have good progression opportunities within Heathcotes and say that their apprenticeship not only improves their care skills but also boosts their confidence and allows for progression in their career. Apprentices make up 13% of our workforce and 73% progress into full time employment at the end of their apprenticeship. Heathcotes are very proud of the success of our apprenticeship programme and we are delighted to receive recognition as a runner-up at the prestigious North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprentice Awards.”

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