25 November 2020

The national building services engineering partnership Troup Bywaters + Anders, have won the SME Employer of the Year category at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020. The award recognises the significant role that small and medium sized employers play when it comes to supporting apprenticeships across all occupations and sectors. It’s sponsored by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in association with RITTech.

Troup Bywaters + Anders previously made it through to the National Apprenticeship Awards final in 2019 and were ‘highly commended’. The company, which won the regional London heat of the competition, provides building services consultancy from eight offices across the UK. It advises clients on the design, planning, construction, operation and ongoing management of their property and assets.

In addition, two companies were also ‘highly commended’ in the SME category this year:

  • The Snow Camp charity based in Hove, which provides disadvantaged young people with the chance to experience skiing and snowboarding combined with a life-skills course.
  • The Birmingham based Crimson Limited, an IT solutions and recruitment firm.

The announcements were made at a virtual ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter, Dan Walker, who said: “This has been the most challenging of years. We all know that 2020 has been a weird one. Usually on a night like this we’d all be together, but as with a lot of things this year we’ve had to think a bit differently.”

Annette Allmark, Head of Apprenticeships at BCS said: “Technology has played a central part in keeping businesses going during the pandemic. Digital skills, delivered and assessed through high quality apprenticeships, can help organisations and their employees operate securely and ethically during periods of rapid technological change.”

BCS carries out the final check - called an end-point-assessment - whereby a digital apprentice demonstrates he/she is fully trained and competent. Around 10,000 digital apprentices have completed this process through BCS so far.

During early November, the judging panels chose the regional finalists for nine different categories, including Apprentice of the Year. Sponsors of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 include the Army and the Royal Navy, Accenture, and the Lloyds Banking Group.

Peter Mucklow, director, Education and Skills Funding Agency said: “Apprenticeships can help grow businesses of any size and in any sector and I am pleased BCS have chosen to sponsor the SME Employer of the Year category, showcasing the smaller companies employing apprentices who are making a big impact.”

Here’s the full list of all the SME regional finalists – and we would like to thank everyone for their participation:

  • South West - Combe Pafford School
  • West Midlands - Crimson Limited
  • North West - Crowberry Consulting Ltd
  • Yorkshire and the Humber - KC Communications
  • East of England - Rose Builders
  • South East - Snow-Camp Charity
  • London - Troup Bywaters + Anders
  • East Midlands - NetSupport

Back for their 17th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are a fantastic opportunity to highlight business and individual success in apprenticeships. Particularly poignant this year, given the challenges many employers and apprentices have faced during the pandemic. Each ceremony recognised apprentices that have gone above and beyond to make a difference whilst undertaking their apprenticeship.

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