A-Plant Apprentices are the Pride of the Construction Industry

A-Plant has been awarded a top award for its outstanding commitment to supporting apprentices. The company was awarded the Industry Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large Company – Employing over 250 people) award at the prestigious Pride of Construction ceremony, the annual industry prize-giving run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The Industry Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large Company) award is designed to recognise companies who employ over 250 members of staff. A-Plant is one of the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire companies with an employee workforce of over 2,900 and currently has over 170 apprentices, representing more than 7% of its workforce.

This year’s ceremony, which was hosted by television personality Alistair McGowan and took place on 25 November at the Natural History Museum in London.

Bob Harper, Head of Training at A- Plant, commented: “At A-Plant we know that apprentices are the lifeblood of the company. They provide us with a pool of skilled employees enabling us to gear up for the future. This year we plan to recruit 150 apprentices, our largest ever intake. The CITB is an excellent foundation and this is a fantastic way for our apprenticeship programme to be recognised.”

Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB commented: “Judges were looking for an employer that shows long term commitment to employing, developing and supporting apprentices. A-Plant is a company that puts apprentices at the very heart of their training programmes; it has shown a progressive approach with a digital platform, modernising apprenticeships and opening up diversity. It’s a pleasure to see such an innovative business achieve the industry’s recognition for all of the work that they are doing to encourage young people to take up a rewarding career.

A-Plant’s strong retention rate shows it is a great apprentice employer and a very worthy winner.”