The top one hundred apprentice employers were honoured during a ceremony in Birmingham on Wednesday night.

Organisations ranging from Rolls Royce to BT joined the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which was compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

More than a quarter of employers who made it in the first top 100 list in 2011 made the cut again this year. Organisations that made both lists included Staffordshire County Council, Royal Navy, Ford Motor Company, EDF Energy and Doncaster City Council.

David Way
, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "The breadth and depth of employers on our Top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact Apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the wider UK economy. Apprenticeships are the country’s gold standard for vocational training. As part of the new era for Apprenticeships we are introducing measures to ensure there has never been a better time for employers to hire apprentices. 

“With more Higher level Apprenticeships (up to degree level), rigorous new standards for all Apprenticeships and new financial incentives for small firms who hire their first apprentices, employers can be confident that Apprenticeships will deliver for them.”

The Top 100 (in alphabetical order)

1.     A M Blatch Electrical Contractor Ltd

2.     AgustaWestland

3.     Alan Hair Designs

4.     Amey

5.     Astrium Limited

6.     AWE PLC

7.     BAM Nuttall Ltd

8.     Barclays Bank PLC

9.     Barlows UK Ltd

10.  Barratt Developments PLC

11.  Belgrade Theatre

12.  Bentley Motors Ltd

13.  Berthon Boat Company Ltd

14.  Blue Flame (Cornwall) Ltd

15.  Britplas

16.  BT

17.  Caffyns plc

18.  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

19.  Caterpillar (UK) Limited

20.  Caterpillar Peterlee Ltd

21.  Coleman Bradshaw

22.  Cooper and Taylor Hair and Beauty

23.  Coreco

24.  Coventry City Council

25.  Cumbria County Council

26.  DAF Trucks

27.  Dale & Valley Homes

28.  Dale Power Solutions plc

29.  Damovo UK Limited

30.  David Youll Hair and Beauty

31.  Doncaster Council

32.  EDF Energy, Nuclear Generation

33.  elements

34.  FCO Services

35.  Fennies Under 5s

36.  Finmeccanica

37.  Finning UK Ltd

38.  Ford Motor Company Ltd

39.  Forth Engineering Ltd – Cumbria

40.  Gelder Group

41.  Goodteeth Dental Surgeries Ltd

42.  Harwin plc

43.  Hays Travel

44.  Hendra Healthcare Ludlow Ltd

45.  Hycrome (Europe) Ltd

46.  IBM UK Limited

47.  Imperial Commercials Ltd

48.  Jessup Build Develop

49.  JohnCliffBuilding Services

50.  Josephs Hair Team

51.  KFC (GB) LTD

52.  Kwik-Fit GB Ltd (TrainingAcademy)

53.  Love Food Ltd

54.  MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd

55.  Matthews Brand Solutions UK

56.  MBDA Missile Systems

57.  Messier Bugatti Dowty MRO

58.  Morleys Stores Ltd.

59.  Neopost Limited

60.  NHS Norfolk & Waveney

61.  North Somerset Council

62.  NorthYorkMoorsNational Park Authority

63.  Northumberland County Council

64.  Pailton Engineering

65.  Pearson Engineering Services

66.  Pendennis Shipyard

67.  Persona HR Ltd

68.  Plumbs Ltd

69.  Power Logistics

70.  Puffins of Exeter Ltd

71.  Railcare Ltd

72.  Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

73.  Resource Productions Ltd

74.  Rolls-Royce

75.  Royal Navy

76.  Sanctuary Group

77.  Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Limited

78.  Serco UK & Europe

79.  SH & EM Electronics Ltd

80.  Siemens plc

81.  Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning

82.  Spicerhaart

83.  Staffordshire County Council

84.  Stockport Council

85.  Tata Steel Europe

86.  Tata Steel

87.  TEC Group International Recruitment Ltd.

88.  The Chartwell Practice

89.  The Cornwall Foundation of Promise (Fifteen Cornwall)

90.  The Style Guru

91.  Tideswell Surgery

92.  TMJ Interiors

93.  TW Plumbing & Heating

94.  Uden Sales & Lettings

95.  Unilever UK

96.  UniversityHospitalSouthampton NHS Foundation Trust

97.  Vertical Systems

98.  WM Housing Group

99.  Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

100. Yorkshire Ambulance Service

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