Topps Tiles, the UK’s leading tile and wood flooring specialist, has been recognised as one of the UK’s best apprenticeship employers in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013.
The Leicester retailer was ‘highly commended’ within the East Midlands BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year category. Laura Morris, Topps Tiles Training and Qualification Team Leader, accepted the award at a special presentation ceremony, hosted at Kelham Hall, Newark.
Laura said: “We were ecstatic to be highly commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards. On launching the scheme in November last year, we quickly became a City and Guilds approved centre and training provider. As the leading tile and wood flooring specialist, we’re committed to providing staff with the opportunities for up-skilling and self-development to help boost motivation within the team and ultimately increase retention among our workforce.
“We offer the scheme in partnership with Leicester College and currently have 190 colleagues working towards Intermediate or Advanced Retail Apprenticeships, with plans to further grow and develop the programme over the coming years. We’re delighted with the Apprenticeship Award and hope to improve on our success next year.”
Topps Tiles was one of over 1,600 entrants for this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, which celebrates the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers and their apprentices. The retailer supports a network of apprentices based in Topps Tiles stores across the UK and is committed to helping young people reach their full potential through meaningful and inspiring careers.
Jaine Bolton, Divisional Apprenticeship Director for the East Midlands, said: “This year’s awards were an exceptional showcase of the outstanding apprentices and employers we have in our region.
“Given the high volume and extraordinary calibre of entries we received, those who reached the regional final really are the cream of the crop.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Topps Tiles for this superb achievement. They are a shining example of how Apprenticeships can allow employers to grow their own talent, and enable apprentices to build real careers.”