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Introducing Nielsen, Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards supporter

We are delighted to introduce Nielsen as a supporter of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019. Nielsen is a global measurement and data analytics company that provides the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide to help clients around the world understand what's happening now, what's happening next, and how to best act on this knowledge. Nielsen has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world's population.

UK Learning and Development Adviser Calum Howard explains why Apprenticeships are so important to the firm and why they're keen to champion the education and development of Oxfordshire's young people...

Tell us why you’re supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards have been a great way of showcasing the amazing talent and hardwork Apprentices do around the Oxfordshire area. We wanted to sponsor the awards as we believe they highlight to the wider Oxfordshire business community the value Apprentices bring to organisations and can encourage businesses to support local young people through Apprenticeship programmes.

As a business who has been recognised previously by Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards, we understand the value these awards bring to a business. It creates a spotlight internally to our Apprentices who work across a wide variety of our departments highlighting their hard-work and dedication to our business which raises the profile and legacy of our Apprenticeship programme.

Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships

We launched our first Apprenticeship programme in 2014 with our first Level 5 Apprenticeship in Business Innovation and Growth. After 3 successful years and 3 outstanding cohorts of Apprentices who transitioned into live roles around the Nielsen business, we decided to evolve our Apprenticeship programme to not only meet the needs of our business but also to build upon the legacy the Apprentices established with the Level 5 Apprenticeship.

In 2015 we launched our first Level 3 programme in Business Administration with 4 Apprentices beginning their Nielsen career within our Client Service Online team. In line with evolving our Level 5 to Level 6 programme, in 2018 we launched a new Level 3 in Customer Service with the Client Service Online team with two new Apprentices joining the business.

In 2017 we launched our first degree level Apprenticeship which saw 10 new Apprentices joining Nielsen where they will complete three year rotations around the business whilst studying for a BA (hons) Degree in Business and Management practice. In 2018, we welcomed 12 new Apprentices to the Level 6 programme who will be following the path set by previous cohorts and continue to build upon the success of the Apprenticeship programme.

We have been extremely fortunate to be recognised for our work with our Apprenticeship programme across multiple awards including our own Apprentices being personally recognised for their contribution. We work hard to ensure all our Apprentices have the support they need whilst providing them with the framework they need to develop and grow throughout their time on their Apprenticeship.

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

We highly encourage any business thinking about entering or nominating to do so. The awards offer a fantastic platform to showcase what your Apprentices bring to your organisation and demonstrates your support for local young people which encourages other employers to do the same in their businesses.

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.