Wm Armstrong Training Awards

Employer of the Year (Medium Business) 2005 Winner

Wm Armstrong was named Medium Employer of the Year at the prestigious Learning and Skills Council's 2005 Apprenticeship Awards on 15th June celebrating it's ever increasing commitment to their Young Drivers Training Scheme implemented eighteen months ago. With a national shortage of around 60,000 HGV drivers, the Wm Armstrong Group embarked on a Driver Apprenticeship scheme and, therefore, took a pro-active step towards growing it's business for the future.

At a ceremony at London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel, hosted by Olympic Gold Medallists Mathew Pinsent and Gary Herbert, Wm Armstrong were praised for: 'Their use of Apprenticeships to rectify a direct skill shortage that could have hindered the expansion of their business.' The company scooped the award from a list of over 1,000 entrants.

Managing Director, Jennifer Whyberd said of the accolade: 'Training and developing our own staff is key to our future success...I am really proud that as a livestock carrier, we have not just survived the Foot and Mouth outbreak - we have actually come through with the business on a stronger footing...we're so proud to take the trophy back to Cumbria and want to thank all of our apprentices, everyone in the organisation, and System Group, our training provider.'

Wm Armstrong | Apprenticeship Award Winner 2005

Apprentice Employer of the Year 2004 Winner

Wm Armstrong Group Ltd was awarded Apprentice Employer of the Year 2004 in March by the Learning and Skills Council Cumbria. The award identifies and recognises the company as a provider of opportunities for progression within an industry racked with driver shortages.

Jennifer Whyberd, Managing Director said: 'The recruitment and training of the young people taken on board has been a real success and we are proud of both the apprentices and the training programme that has been developed. Our collaboration with our local training provider, System Group, is providing proper jobs and training for some of Cumbria's young people.'

The Drivers Apprenticeship Scheme develops a range of skills: an apprentice can be driving a 44 tonne vehicle at 18 years of age.

Wm Armstrong : Apprentice Employer of the Year 2004

The Motor Transport Awards 2005 Winner

Wm Armstrong (Longtown) Limited claimed their second national training accolade this year at the Motor Transport Awards on 2nd September fighting off fierce competition from Bibby Distribution and Parcel Line at a prestigious ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The award completes a hat-trick of training awards for the company this year which began with The Learning and Skills Council Excellence in Cumbria Awards in March and progressing to the LSC Apprentice Awards in June.

Jennifer Whyberd, Managing Director said of the award: "I'm absolutely delighted. It took the foot and mouth crisis to make us train. Now, we are training throughout the company -'growing our own' - and I'd recommend it to anyone. This award is a great achievement and solely due to the hard work and efforts made by every department within the company with the apprentices in the offices, in the garage and on the young drivers scheme."

Jennifer Whyberd (MD) and director Geof Armstrong collected the award on behalf of the company which was praised by the judges for showing: "..true commitment to training and personal development...and...an impressive insight into how to make an apprenticeship scheme work for the benefit of all involved."

Wm Armstrong : MTA Winner 2005

National Apprenticeship Service

Wm Armstrong are associated with the Skills for Logistics branch of the National Apprenticeship Service. We are constantly recruiting new apprentices and currently employ nine, including positions in Vehicle Mechanics, Large Goods Vehicle Drivers and Traffic Management. The majority of employers said that Apprenticeships help them to improve productivity and be more competitive.

"Apprenticeships lead to improved staff retention, saving valuable time and money which would ordinarily be spent on recruitment and training."
Steve Whyberd, Training Manager, Wm Armstrong Group

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Wm Armstrong : National Apprenticeship Service

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