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Deputy PM praises Aintree University Hospital for “going the extra mile” as it is named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

15 November 2013

Aintree University Hospital has been recognised as one of the top apprenticeship employers in the country, earning praise from Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

The hospital has been included in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds to recognise excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham on 14th November. The Top 100 companies are not ranked or categorised, they are all equal and are grouped together from all industries in the public and private sector.

The hospital, which has seen more than 400 staff complete apprenticeships in the last four years, was also named Large Employer of the Year at the regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:

I would like to take this chance to congratulate Aintree University Hospital on its success at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy: equipping people of all ages with the skills employers need to help their businesses prosper and compete in a global market.

And, as we work to increase the opportunities for hard-working young to people to achieve their ambitions through high-quality apprenticeship training, it is vitally important that we celebrate the achievements of employers like you, who go the extra mile to help their apprentices and succeed.

Catherine Beardshaw, Chief Executive of Aintree University Hospital, said:

We are delighted to be recognised for the hard work of our staff and training partners, all of whom provide so much support and encouragement to our apprentices.

Fiona Chapman, NVQ Coordinator at Aintree University Hospital, added:

Apprenticeships are one way we can continue to improve the quality of care we provide to our patients and visitors, whether that’s someone answering the phone on reception or a healthcare assistant on the wards.

To view the full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List, please visit apprenticeships.org.uk.