This category kindly supported by px group, was established to celebrate and showcase member companies with a strong commitment to employing, nurturing and supporting apprentices. Judges were looking for exemplar employers who showcased not only the measurable benefits that apprentices have provided but the value gained by developing their workforce through apprenticeship schemes, examples of best practice and the support put in place to help the development of apprentices within the workplace.
This year’s Apprentice Employer of the Year, CPI, have developed a truly exceptional apprenticeship scheme, supporting a diverse range of apprenticeships from Level 3 to 7.
CPI offers a variety of opportunities in both technical and service teams that can appeal to people from all backgrounds. They have a track record of supporting apprentices over the age of 25, making it more accessible to people looking for a career change or the opportunity to retrain. Their collaborative relationships with training providers, colleges and universities across the region offers access to a very diverse applicant pool. They also support countless external events and STEM activities to promote not only the work and opportunities within CPI but the wider industry too
CPI are quite simply supporting apprenticeships beyond baseline requirements. Of those apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship with CPI, 94.4% have gone on to be offered further employment with CPI and 82.3% are still with the business today. Furthermore, 36.8% of permanent staff that are studying an apprenticeship are those that have progressed from starting as an apprentice with CPI and are continuing their professional development.
In 2018, CPI became an active member of the 5% Club – a dynamic movement of employer-members working to create a shared prosperity across the UK by driving ‘earn and learn’ skills training opportunities. This is a commitment made by CPI to have a minimum of 5% of the workforce in apprenticeships, graduate training programmes or funded further educational courses.
CPI employ over 450 scientists, engineers and business specialist and, by the end of 2019, 11% of workforce were involved in developmental initiatives.
CPI’s commitment to fostering a culture of learning and ‘growing their own’ not only offers their clients and stakeholders access to the very best people, it makes it a great place to grow and develop.
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