Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, has been recognised in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place on Friday January 20 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

After a tough selection process, the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.

Boasting its own company-run Academy, Superior offers apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. The company currently has 20 apprentices going through the Academy.

Working closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges, Superior’s aim is to get students of all ages interested in science and engineering. The company frequently holds and attends special events with local schools, getting involved in career fairs and apprentice days.

Commenting on the company’s entry in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, Katie Bodman, head of training academy at Superior, said: “It’s such an honour to be included in this exceptional list. We’re delighted to be recognised as a medium employer for our contribution to apprenticeships with so many other great companies. Our apprentices are a key part of Superior’s future and success; we will continue to grow the amount of apprentices we take on each year.”

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service commented on Superior being named a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer: “The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation. Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, up to degree level, while working and earning.

“These Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers are making a difference to the lives of their apprentices by investing in their future. In return, apprentices are helping employers to develop a skilled, qualified workforce to build a stronger economy.

“I hope the success of these Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers will mean more businesses across England aspire to follow their example and to find out for themselves how apprenticeships help to grow a skilled and highly qualified workforce.”

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