Devon Air Ambulance is passionate about investing in their staff. We believe the team can only be as good as its skill sets, so we actively encourage our entire staff to undertake training and development to help them carry out their roles to the best of their ability. 

The Charity was nominated for the Education and Training Skills Employer of the Year Award by Catherine Walker, Fundraising Administration Assistant. The Annual Apprentice and Employer of the year Awards ceremony is held during National Apprenticeships Week, which was also celebrating ten years of the National Apprenticeships Scheme.

I joined Devon Air Ambulance in November 2015, as a temp,' says Catherine. 'My role was made permanent in March 2016. I’m privileged to be part of such an amazing dedicated team and forward-thinking charity.

She adds, “The Charity has helped me in so many ways; from helping me to gain confidence on the phone, to helping me improve and update my knowledge and encouraging me to push myself to succeed in things that I am less confident in.”

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance says,

Investing in the training and development of our team is extremely important to us. Whatever the business, it's essential a team has the right skills to be able to do their job. When Cat asked if she could further her knowledge by undertaking the Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration, we were delighted. This apprenticeship includes the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration, and Functional Skills Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT. Cat has recently passed her ICT exam.

We were delighted that Cat has decided to nominate us for this award and honoured to be highly commended in the Employer of the Year category, which recognises the Charity as supporting lifelong learning within the workplace,' says Caroline.

Simon Mills, General Manager for Education and Training Skills says,

The Apprentice of the Year Awards is a particularly special event for us. In this we are able to celebrate the achievements of those learners who have been nominated for the Apprentice of the Year Award and the employers that have been nominated for the Employer of the Year Award.

ETS is a strong advocate of employer engagement and we recognise that it is a key element in maximising the opportunities that an apprenticeship brings, to attract new talent, to offer progression for current staff and to develop a motivated and highly qualified workforce. Devon Air Ambulance have been highly commended for being fully engaged in supporting Cat with her programme of learning.    We are very keen to continue to develop our productive and mutually beneficial working relationship with DAA.

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