Liebherr GB Ltd  was last night revealed as the BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards at an exclusive ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Awards, now in their twelfth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

The company was chosen as the winner in recognition of its commitment to developing young people through apprenticeships.

“Congratulations to Liebherr GB Ltd for their success at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Apprenticeships truly are set to be one of the great success stories of the decade, and Liebherr GB Ltd is a worthy ambassador,” says Skills Minister Nick Boles.   “We are committed to 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 so that even more businesses can follow Liebherr GB Ltd’s lead and reap the benefits of apprenticeships.”

Boles’ views were echoed by employment minister Priti Patel.   “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Liebherr GB for their fantastic achievement in being named the BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year.   Apprenticeships offer a fantastic way for many young people of all backgrounds to earn as they learn while providing employers with the transferable skills needed to take their business from strength to strength. We currently have record-breaking levels of employment – and this is boosted by prospects like apprenticeships. I want to see this continue.   By working closely with businesses and taking steps like rolling out our ‘Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools’ programme to teach pupils about work experience, apprenticeships and traineeships, we are helping to create an even more flexible and resilient labour market for the future.”