Invotra was highly commended and in joint second place in the Medium Employer of the Year category at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017. The company with its head office in Woking, Surrey was in the top three in the country and was narrowly pipped to the Award by Bournemouth-based Super Seals Ltd.
Invotra has also been included in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, for the second year running. The list features the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories and shows the breadth of employers offering fantastic apprenticeship opportunities.
Alison Galvin, HR director at Invotra said: “For Invotra, a digital workplace company based outside of London, it’s essential we attract and nurture our own talent. We’re especially proud that the majority of our apprentices stay with us and many have gone on to become senior managers with teams of their own to lead. We’re delighted that the success of our apprenticeship programme has been recognised nationally. People are at the heart of our business.
“Some people question the value of an apprenticeship over a university degree, but for Invotra, apprenticeships have played a fundamental role in the success of our business. Our apprentices are highly skilled, committed, enthusiastic and bright and they all say our apprenticeship programme was a brilliant career choice for them.
“We wear our top 100 apprenticeship employer badge proudly and will continue to invest in the ongoing training and development of every one of our apprentices. We look forward to welcoming on board many future apprentices – especially supporting our aims to champion women in technology and digital accessibility for all – and watching them fly.”
Jonathan Lord, MP for Woking, added;
I have been impressed with Invotra’s commitment to Woking and its enthusiastic and highly effective participation in the national apprenticeship programme. I met a number of outstanding local apprentices when I opened their new Woking offices and I’m delighted that the company is continuing to thrive. Through my work, I’m also aware of Invotra’s excellent reputation as a leading provider of digital workplace services within central government. These award achievements are thoroughly deserved.
Douglas Spinks, Deputy Chief Executive, Woking Borough Council visited the offices on Friday 19 January to help the company celebrate, he commented:
Invotra is a great credit to Woking and the County. The company is a fantastic apprentice ambassador and excels at developing and retaining local talent. This national recognition is a brilliant achievement for the company and clearly demonstrates its commitment to continued investment in our Borough.
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:
The National Apprenticeship Awards allow talented apprentices and committed employers from across our regions to receive well-deserved recognition for their apprenticeship achievements.
Finalists recognised at these awards show the range of sectors and variety of job roles apprenticeships are available in, and how they can deliver the skills employers need.
Invotra is a fast-growing digital workplace company providing online software services designed to transform information systems, improve efficiencies and employee collaboration.
The company was established in 2012, by a team of experts with decades of experience. In that time, Invotra has quickly become a trusted supplier to UK government, delivering an easy to use and highly secure digital workplace. Clients include the UK’s Home Office, Department for Work & Pensions, Department for Transport and Sierra Club. Invotra has offices in Woking, Newcastle, Dublin and Denver.
The National Apprenticeship Awards
The National Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to highlight the many success stories and the benefits of apprenticeships. There are six employer categories ranging from Small to Macro, and two newcomer categories. Categories are open to employers of all sectors. There are four apprentice categories, which are: intermediate, advanced and higher or degree apprentice of the year, and the hotly contended Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.
The National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships in England. It offers free impartial advice and support to employers looking to recruit for the first time or expand their apprenticeship workforce. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice through the support of employer focused teams and Find an apprenticeship recruitment sites on GOV.UK where employers can advertise their vacancies and potential apprentices or trainees can apply. Call 08000 150 600 or search for apprenticeships on www.gov.uk to find out more.