Mercedes-Benz UK was named Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards last week (20 January), after boosting its apprentice intake by 98% in the last four years.
The manufacturer took the award home for its programme of intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in light and heavy technician and parts operations.
Run through 180 franchises and independent partners, Mercedes currently has 500 apprentices on the scheme.
Andrew Mallery, training operations director at Mercedes-Benz UK (pictured), said: “We made the decision to recruit apprentices as a way to combat our ageing workforce and have since grown our apprentice intake by 98% in the last four years.
“Almost two-thirds of our apprentices are still with the business a decade later. Moreover, 91% of apprentices have been promoted or gone on to gain additional qualifications, supported by the business.”
The manufacturer was also included in the list of 100 top apprenticeship employers, revealed at the ceremony at Grosvenor House, London.