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RAF awarded at 'virtual' National Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony

The Royal Air Force was prominent at the 'virtual' National Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony held on 25th November where it was awarded 'Highly Commended' in the coveted Macro Employer Award category.

Back for its 17th year, the Awards recognise the best of England's apprentice employers, apprentices, rising stars and individuals who champion apprenticeships; particularly poignant given the many challenges faced during this extremely testing year.

"The National Apprenticeship Awards are a brilliant opportunity to showcase the power of apprenticeships to transform lives and businesses, while helping people of all ages and backgrounds to get ahead."

Gavin Williamson
Education Secretary

This year sees the Royal Air Force celebrate the Centenary of the establishment of its Apprenticeships scheme. Fully committed to its apprenticeships programme, it offers opportunities to over 90% of its recruits with over 3,400 apprentices on the programme at any one time. One of the largest providers in the country, the Royal Air Force was recently listed at No.10 in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List.

Image shows RAF apprentices at work. One sat at a computer, another is a chef sprinkling flour and a third is carrying an aircraft refuelling hose.

"This award reflects the enduring importance of our apprenticeships, unleashing potential and developing highly skilled, committed and motivated people. Having one of the UK's top apprenticeship schemes enables us to attract the high calibre people we need, delivering air and space power to protect our nation into the future."

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston
Chief of the Air Staff

The Royal Air Force sponsored the Apprenticeship Champion Award which recognises the dedicated people who give their all to promoting apprenticeships. Particularly apt this year with apprenticeships a prominent part of the Government's post COVID-19 strategy for economic recovery. Group Captain Claire O'Grady presented the Award to Jenny Taylor of IBM UK.

To find out more about RAF Apprenticeships, visit: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/apprenticeships

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