DE&S receives award from Bridgwater and Taunton College

Published 14 July 2021

Defence Equipment and Support receives award from Bridgwater and Taunton College

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Defence Equipment and Support has won Bridgwater and Taunton College’s (BTC) Large Employer of the Year award thanks to its Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship scheme.

The award recognises an employer which showcases its dedication and demonstrates the success apprenticeships have brought to their organisation.

With its headquarters at Abbey Wood, Bristol, DE&S is the procurement arm of the Ministry of Defence, supporting and equipping the UK Armed Forces.

It employs more than 400 apprentices, many of whom study at BTC during the first year of their apprenticeship, learning and developing skills for a long and successful career within either DE&S or its sister organisation, the Submarine Delivery Agency.

Having been nominated by the engineering contracts manager at BTC, DE&S was up against strong competition with 13 other nominations submitted for organisations such as Wessex Water, Mars/Royal Canin and EDF.

DE&S was declared the winner having demonstrated ongoing commitment by giving apprentices excellent opportunities, recruiting dedicated scheme managers and maintaining a close working relationship with BTC.

Ron Foord [CORR], contracts manager at BTC, said: “DE&S deserves recognition for its ongoing commitment to their apprenticeship programme which has continued to develop over several years, ensuring individuals on their programme are given excellent opportunities to gain careers in their chosen sector.”

The award is valid for the coming year, meaning DE&S will be advertised as ‘Large Employer of the Year’ on BTC’s social media, in its public relations material and at physical events such as BTC welcome evenings.

Gary Farr, DE&S’ Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship scheme lead, said: “It’s an honour for DE&S to win this prestigious award, particularly following a year in which we have faced many challenges during these unprecedented times. It’s a great achievement for DE&S and a clear reflection of all the effort and teamwork to reach the heights of developing tomorrow’s talent, today.”

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