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Introducing Darke & Taylor, Intermediate Apprentice Award sponsor

We are delighted to introduce electrical engineering company Darke & Taylor as the sponsor of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019 Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award. 

Commercial Director Simon Newton explains why Apprenticeships are so important to the firm and what they're looking for in an Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Award-winning Apprentice...

Tell us why you’re supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

Apprenticeships are a key element of our business and instrumental in enabling us to build a skilled and loyal workforce. At Darke & Taylor our Apprentices and our Apprenticeship scheme have won awards and we know what a positive impact this has on our business which makes us all the more keen to support our local awards.

This year (our third year as a sponsor) we are delighted to be sponsoring the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award. For many people, an Intermediate Apprenticeship is just the start of an exciting career journey and we know that those who are nominated will all have been through a steep learning process whilst making a significant contribution to the organisations that they work for. By supporting this award, we can celebrate the positive impact of Apprenticeships on our local ecomony.

Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship initiative at Darke & Taylor has evolved over time to become the cornerstone on which the company and its progression is founded. Today it is a vital part of our business model which recognises that sustainable success is about developing people. Over the last 40 years the company has offered jobs and training to in excess of 350 young school leavers and today over 20% of the workforce are engaged in an Apprenticeship learning to become electricians, fire & security engineers, business administrators and ICT specialists.

Darke & Taylor is committed to Apprenticeships and our scheme is special because it really delivers; two of our current Board Directors, two Associate Directors, eight senior managers and the majority of our senior engineers completed their Apprenticeships with the company. We are very proud of our award winning Apprenticeships.

What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating?

If you are an Apprentice or you know of one that really adds value in the workplace, that enjoys their job and knows they have made a great decision in following the Apprenticeship route, then you should not hesitate to enter or nominate.

The process is very straightforward and the application form simple to complete, no trick questions, just an opportunity to speak positively and honestly about the Apprenticeship experience. The Awards will celebrate all that is good about Apprenticeships in Oxfordshire and being nominated, making the final or possibly even winning are all positive experiences that Apprentices and their employers will benefit from.

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019 are open for entries and nominations until midnight on Friday 25th January. See the Awards page for details. Join us on Twitter @OxonApprentice for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) from 1pm every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2019.