Posted on Monday 6th March
The winners were crowned at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham on Tuesday, 3 March.
More than 500 sector leaders, staff and apprentices gathered to find out the results of the awards, which are run by FE Week and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.
Forty-four organisations and individuals had been shortlisted in 22 categories after more than 350 entries were submitted by colleges, training providers and employers.
Employer of the Year was awarded to Hays Travel, the UK’s largest independent travel agent, who took over Thomas Cook in October 2019.
Shane Mann, publisher of FE Week and chair of the awards judging panel, said: “Hays Travel is a true believer and champion of apprenticeships. It was evident from their application that apprenticeships are embedded within their organisation’s culture and thus valued and supported by stakeholders.
“This Apprentice Employer of the Year Award is one our most competitive categories. This is a big win for Hays Travel, and they more than deserve the recognition.”
Hays Travel Apprenticeship Delivery Manager, Carole Hodgson, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award. Apprentices are at the heart of our company and we are extremely passionate about developing our people.
“It was a fantastic evening celebrating and recognising the value of apprenticeships and we were very proud to be in the same category as prestigious companies such as Amazon, Bentley, Ministry of Defence, and Coca Cola.”