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Construction firm’s support to apprentices results in Pride of Construction Award

""A Warrington construction firm has been awarded a top award for its outstanding commitment to supporting apprentices.

A-Plant (Ashtead Plant Hire Company) was awarded the Industry Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large) award - sponsored by thr Construction Plant-hire Association at the prestigious Pride of Construction Awards.

The Industry Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large) award is designed to recognise companies who employ over 250 members of staff .A-Plant is one of the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire companies with an employee workforce of over 2,700 and currently has over 250 apprentices, representing more than 10% of its workforce.

This year’s ceremony, which was hosted by television personality Alistair McGowan and took place on 25 November at the Natural History Museum in London, arrives at an exciting time for the construction industry, with 25,000 jobs forecast to be created in the North West over the next five years. .

Bob Harper, Head of Training at A- Plant, commented: “At A-Plant we know that apprentices are the lifeblood of the company, enabling us to gear up for the future and reduce the average age of our workforce.

"This year we plan to recruit 150 apprentices, our largest ever intake. CITB is an excellent foundation and we are so thankful. We get an awful lot out of it and we don’t want that to change."

Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB commented: “Judges were looking for an employer that shows long term commitment to employing, developing and supporting apprentices. A-Plant is a company that puts apprentices at the very heart of their training programmes; it has shown a progressive approach with a digital platform, modernising apprenticeships and opening up diversity.

“It’s a pleasure to see such an innovative business achieve the industry’s recognition for all of the work that they are doing to encourage young people to take up a rewarding career. A-Plant’s strong retention rate shows it is a great apprentice employer and a very worthy winner.”

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