Damar celebrates success at annual awards

Leading apprenticeship training provider Damar Training. has recognised the success of apprentices and their employers at their annual celebration event.

Manchester-based property company, Bruntwood Estates, was named Apprentice Employer of the Year for 2012, whilst Ciara Fletcher of Stockport-based guitar-making supplies business Tonetech Limited walked away with the Learner of the Year award.  Both companies were commended for the way in which they have used apprenticeships to deliver real business benefits, proving that apprenticeships work for companies of all sizes.

Bill Quinn, Tonetech’s Managing Director said:

“Ciara’s training and aptitude have been invaluable for our business. So much so that I have been able to take a full week’s holiday for the first time in 3 years, leaving Ciara to manage the business on her own. The “youth of today” often come in for criticism but Ciara is evidence of the fact we have a vibrant, intelligent, capable and hardworking generation that are a credit to themselves.”

Caroline Dakin Learning and Development Advisor with Bruntwood Estates added:

“As a relationship-based business, we know that our people are our biggest asset and the partnership with Damar enables us to grow and develop our people. Our first apprentice began 12 months ago and we now have almost 40 employees who have acquired qualifications or are currently studying. 

“Our employee satisfaction survey has highlighted apprenticeships as one of the reasons why people love working for Bruntwood. We're very pleased to have been awarded Employer of the Year and look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”

Damar Training was judged to offer outstanding outcomes for learners and outstanding value for money by Ofsted in the summer. The ability to tailor apprenticeships to meet specific employer needs was picked up by Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director at the event. He commented:

“Apprenticeships offer employers a hugely flexible and valuable way to develop the skills of new and existing staff. We tailor all of our delivery to suit the requirements of your business and your people. This is the case whether you are a micro-business like Tonetech that has used apprenticeships to make that first big leap from one to two members of staff or a large employer such as Bruntwood Estates that uses apprenticeships to develop its team and ensure consistent high-quality service across multiple sites.”

Other winners on the night included Alan Hope, of Payment Protection Refunds, who scooped the Supervisor of the Year prize and Amy Lowe, an apprentice at Stockport Homes, who won the Mark Aspinall Award for Special Achievement.

The event was held at Edgeley Park, the home of Stockport County FC, and marked the achievements of both apprentices and employers throughout the region during the past 12 months.

On the night, certificates were presented by Mr Bourne and Salli White, Learning and Development Manager at Churchwood Finance Group (the 2011 Apprentice Employer of the Year), to all students who had gained qualifications with the support of Damar Training over the past 12 months.

Pictured below are some of the award winners on the night. From left to right, Jack Underwood (BASF), Ciara Fletcher, Alan Hope, Daniel Nolan (the E-Word) and Amy Lowe.

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