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Walter Smith Wins Midland Region of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013

by Walter Smith 28/10/2013
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Walter Smith Fine Foods in Birmingham have been awarded Medium Employer of the Year 2013. Pictured are centre left - Kevin Reid (from the Northfield shop; runner up in the Apprentice of the Year competition) and centre right - Paul Cadman (HR Director) receiving the Company’s award at the Midland’s Area awards ceremony of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 held in Birmingham on 26th September 2013.

Paul Cadman, HR Director at Walter Smith Fine Foods, said: “we have photographic evidence of our founder G.A. Smith delivering apprenticeship training in the 1930s so Walter Smith has probably been training our skilled staff this way for over 100 year now.”

The National Awards will be held at the Skills Show at the NEC on 14th November 2013 but before then, a further selection will be made to reduce the regional winners down to 3 National finalists. On the 28th October Walter Smith learned that it had been selected as one of the 3 finalists.

The apprenticeship employer entries judged to be the very best will feature in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, produced by NAS in partnership with City & Guilds. We await news as to whether Walter Smith will gain this accolade.

Walter Smith was told that it had won the Medium Employer of the Year 2013 award so as to acknowledge and celebrate its on-going commitment and to showcase the benefits gained by developing its workforce through Apprenticeships.

In an industry where peoples’ skills and capabilities are of paramount importance, it is essential that there are infrastructures and mechanisms which enable the recruitment, retention and training of well qualified and competent people with real food industry experience and knowledge. Apprenticeships along with other structured programmes of support are viewed as an important part of meeting this requirement.

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