Last night, the Ian Williams team was delighted to walk away as the Winner of Winners’ in the Training and Personnel category at the PwC West of England business awards. Celebrating 30 years of the awards, which have seen a roll call of some of the region’s most successful companies and best loved brands, the ceremony saw winners from the previous 29 years invited back to battle for the Grand Finale.
In 2016, customer service saw Ian Williams claim the coveted top spot in the PwC’s Business of the Year Awards over £30million category which entitled us to go forward to the Winners of Winners. We’re especially proud this year to have been recognised for our ‘outstanding approach’ to Training and Personnel. Winning this award is especially important as it reflects excellence in our core business strategy of attracting and developing the best talent and being an employer of choice. We are committed to direct delivery of our services and as such have a commitment to 10% of our workforce being apprentices.
We created our Academy to formalise the significant investment we commit as an organisation to training and development. The Academy Apprenticeship programme is an industry-leading scheme to attract, retain, train and develop apprentices, providing a long term, sustainable workforce that is flourishing with healthy, productive careers.
We’ve already been recognised by Investors in People as ‘a great place to work’, the Academy has been described by the CITB as a Best-in-Class approach in addressing severe skills shortages within construction, and earlier this year we scooped the National Housing Maintenance Forum Best Apprentice Scheme.
To add this latest Winner of Winners’ honour is a further, very welcome endorsement of our approach. We are truly delighted that the excellent work we do in training and developing has been recognised once again.