Apprenticeship Programme recognised with national award

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The East of England Co-op’s Apprenticeship Programme was recognised this week at the prestigious Training Journal Awards, taking place at the Tower of London and hosted by radio and TV presenter Jenni Falconer.

Receiving a Silver award for the Best Apprenticeship Programme, the retailer was praised for their inclusivity, collaboration and strong focus on creating a talent pool of skilled colleagues to meet real business goals. They were also recognised for their fair pay, ensuring their Apprentices are paid for the role they do rather than the Apprenticeship wage. 

Stephen Flurrie, Head of Learning and Development at the East of England Co-op, said: “This is an incredible achievement for everyone involved in our Apprenticeship programmes. To have the hard work, dedication, attention to detail and exceptionally high standards recognised by the Training Journal is a moment to be very proud of. As a team of learning professionals, we feel very lucky to work for an organisation that allows us to invest in our people and make a real difference.”

The East of England Co-op’s Apprenticeship Programme enables employees to nominate themselves for an Apprenticeship, with opportunities across several businesses including food retail, funeral services and stone masonry, as well as at head office. Ranging from Level Two to Level Seven, there are also opportunities for colleagues to complete higher level Apprenticeships such as MBA and CIMA qualifications.

Organised by the Training Journal, the TJ Awards recognise the creativity, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world. This year’s winners also included Thomas Cook, Royal Bank of Scotland and BT.

A full list of winners can be viewed here.

To find out more about Apprenticeships at the East of England Co-op click here