Date: 08/03/2011

Apprentices have voted a Doncaster organisation ‘Employer of the Year’ at an awards ceremony to mark Apprenticeship Week 2011.

St. Leger Homes of Doncaster won the award at the Apprenticeship Award Ceremony hosted by Dearne Valley College (DVC). It was one of seven awards given out at the ceremony.

St. Leger Homes employs three apprentices through the Wath-based college studying, plastering, joinery and brickwork. St. Leger Homes was nominated by their apprentices for being a supportive and encouraging employer. The company were awarded with a certificate and a trophy.

Sharon Adam, Assistant Director of St.Leger Homes, collected the award from Paul Townsley, Principal and Chief Executive of the college.

Sharon said: “We manage just under 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council and our own staff deliver the repairs and maintenance to these homes. The employment of apprentices allows us to support communities and individuals by developing their skills and potential while getting young people into employment. The apprentices are mentored by skilled staff within our company and this allows the mentors to give something back by being actively involved in the apprentice’s development - sharing their skills and experience.

“All apprentices apply for an Apprenticeship, which means that they are keen and enthusiastic to start their career and learn about the industry through a job with us – so they earn while they learn. We are committed to providing them with the best apprenticeship possible, with a training plan and we teach them their trade, with time off to attend college to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

“Apprentices are vital to the future success of St. Leger Homes as a business – it enables us to train skilled staff in our ways of working, both for the current time and future needs. It provides us with the basis for our succession planning for a competent workforce that is responsive to our company needs. Using apprentices that have completed their training with us to fill vacancies saves us on external recruitment and training costs.”

Dearne Valley College (DVC) is currently one of the leading participants in the National Apprenticeship Service’s 100 in 100 Apprenticeships, a new initiative aimed at encouraging 100 local companies to recruit or train 100 apprentices in 100 days.

The college offers apprenticeships in a range of areas including business and administration, childcare learning and development, plastering, painting and decorating, joinery, brickwork, floor and wall tiling general construction and health and social care.

To find out how an apprentice can benefit your business call the Business Training Team on 01709 513355, or for further information about apprenticeships visit

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