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Nielsen win Apprenticeship of the Year at the Oxfordshire Business Awards

It was an amazing night for Apprenticeships at the Oxfordshire Business Awards on Friday as Headington-based Nielsen won the Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Apprenticeship of the Year Award.

Nielsen is the largest market research company in the world, studying what consumers watch and buy across more than 100 countries. The company offers Apprenticeships at Levels 3, 5 and 6 and has just introduced a Business Management Degree Apprenticeship for September 2017. During National Apprenticeship in March, the firm was named as a Top 100 UK Employer for Apprenticeships. Our judges were particularly impressed with the exceptional mentoring and support that Apprentices receive and the fantastic opportunities available to them to develop a wide range of skills through placements across the business.

Lisa Traynor, Learning and Development Manager at Nielsen said: "This award is to celebrate Nielsen's investment and support in our Apprentice programmes, which have grown year on year. The award also demonstrates the accolade of our Apprentices themselves. We are proud to be supporting Oxfordshire with Apprentices and look forward working with more Apprentices and different Apprenticeship levels in the future."

Charlotte Whitley, Associate Commercial Apprentice at Nielsen said: "As an Apprentice, it's great to see the team being rewarded for their hard work. It makes me proud to be a part of the Nielsen Apprenticeship Scheme."

Around 500 people attended the Awards Dinner at the King’s Centre in Oxford and celebrated the best of Oxfordshire business. Congratulations were also given to our other finalists, in what was a very tough category to judge – Banbury-based social media management agency Social Sidekick, who won our Apprenticeship of the Year Award at the Cherwell Business Awards last month and the University of Oxford, who pay all their Apprentices the Living Wage and offer excellent progression prospects.  

We were honoured that two of our current Apprenticeship Ambassadors joined us on the evening and presented the award - Chloe Penniston, who has just completed a Legal Services Apprenticeship with law firm The Burnside Partnership and won both the Advanced Apprentice and overall Apprentice of the Year at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards in March and Kyle Carrigan, a Marketing Apprentice with Jewel Training, who were Highly Commended in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards Training Provider Award. We were also joined by former Business Admin Apprentice at Oxfordshire County Council Gemma Tuckey, who won the Special Recognition Award.

Chloe said: “It was such a honour to present the Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Apprenticeship of the Year Award alongside my fellow Apprenticeship Ambassador, Kyle. We both thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the atmosphere was incredible. It is amazing to see so many businesses supporting and taking on Apprentices.”

Kyle said: "I really enjoyed the Oxfordshire Business Awards, it was such an inspiring night to be part of! Many congratulations to the winners and finalists, all worthy of being there!"

We were delighted to see victories in other categories for a number of committed employers of Apprentices, including Grundon Waste Management, Hunts and construction firm Hawkins Group, who celebrated a hat-trick of wins - the NatWest Large Business Award, overall Darke & Taylor Business of the Year Award and the Shaw Gibbs Young Business Person of the Year Award for group managing director Mike Hawkins.

Oxfordshire Apprenticeships were proud to sponsor the Apprenticeship of the Year category, which has now become very much an integral part of the Awards, for a fourth year further reinforcing the importance of Apprentices to business growth and success in Oxfordshire.  

See our photos from the night on Facebook.