Griffon Hoverwork has been recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. Double celebrations were enjoyed as Griffon also won the National Award for Medium Employer of the Year.
The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham on 13th November. The Skills Show has City & Guilds as its premier sponsor, and is a unique celebration to inspire people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.
After a tough selection process the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.
Staff at Griffon Hoverowork impressed judges with the way they strategically use apprentices to address the marine skills gap as well as ensuring the longevity of its business. Griffon Hoverwork has 20 apprentices, aged 17 to 28, of which 5 have graduated, training as marine engineers, electricians and outfitters, GRP specialists, aluminium fabricators, welders and designers and 100 per cent of its apprentices complete their programmes and go on to be promoted. All of its apprentices are sourced through City College Southampton to support the local employment market.
Commenting on the company's entry in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer's list, Michael Chalkley, who heads up the apprenticeship programme at Griffon Hoverwork, said: " At Griffon Hoverwork, we take great pride in our apprentice training programme which has contributed so much to the development of skills and working standards within the company. Our nomination as one of the Top 100 apprenticeship employees is a great honour as it recognises all of the hard work that our staff put into our apprentice programme"