Employer of the Year for Greene King

Employer partner, Greene King, has been named the 2015 VQ Large Employer of the Year, in recognition of the outstanding support it has provided to those undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs) within its workforce.

Greene King established its apprenticeship programme in 2011 as part of its strategy to invest in both existing employees and newcomers to the business. In this time, over 3,000 employees have achieved nationally recognised qualifications, with 2,000 more expected to complete theirs within the next 12 months with the help of Lifetime Training. Since introducing the programme, Greene King has seen a positive increase in staff retention, as it looks to develop in-house talent.

Rooney Anand, chief executive officer of Greene King, said: "We are proud of our tradition of investing in our people, their skills and development and our apprenticeship programme has supported that commitment over the last four years. We are thrilled that our investment in employees has been recognised in this year's VQ Awards. Not only do vocational qualifications help the individual achieve their career goals, but they also improve staff retention and productivity."

The VQ Awards are held the evening before VQ Day, which is an annual event led by independent education charity, the Edge Foundation. It aims to celebrate the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning, not only to the individual and employers but also to their communities. From 16-year-olds to those over 60, VQ Day celebrates the acquisition of new skills and the uptake of high quality vocational qualifications.

Alex Khan, , CEO of Lifetime Training, commented: “It’s good to see a programme with such ambitious plans recognised for a national award like this. The team thoroughly deserves the win. We will continue working together to build the programme, reaching out to more and more Greene King team members and recruiting new talent.”

Greene King beat off competition from two other shortlisted organisations to win the VQ Large Employer of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by City & Guilds, and is split into Large and SME categories. The overall winner will be chosen by a judging panel and announced at the VQ Awards on 9th June, a prestigious ceremony hosted by garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin.

For more information about the awards visit www.vqday.org.uk. Greene King is currently recruiting for a variety of apprenticeship roles. Click here to see them all.

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