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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seddon named building industry’s employer of the year for apprentice feats

Construction specialist Seddon has been named Employer of the Year by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), which represents the building industry's leading contractors.

The national award recognises Seddon's deeply rooted commitment to apprenticeships and training. The company celebrated its 75th anniversary of recruiting apprentices in 2012, with 88 apprentices recruited across Seddon Group during that year.

This is the second time in three years that the Employer of the Year award has gone to Seddon.

Simon Nathan, head of policy at UKCG, said: "Seddon were worthy winners of our Employer of the Year award. The judges were impressed by Seddon's ingrained commitment to training apprentices and investing time in developing the next generation of talent. It was the 75th year of Seddon training apprentices and - despite a difficult construction market - they took on 88 new apprentices, many of whom will enjoy long careers with the company."

Seddon chief executive Jonathan Seddon said: "Skilled apprentices are the lifeblood of our industry and a vital part of what we do.

"To receive this award for the second time is a fantastic recognition of the commitment to apprentice training which exists throughout the company.

"We have always taken the view that helping apprentices to develop their skills and careers with our support is the right thing to do. Not only is it good for us as a company and the young people we work with, but it also benefits the wider construction sector and the communities where we work. Our aim is to keep delivering some of the best training the industry can provide."

The Employer of the Year award - sponsored by industry training body CITB and B&CE - was presented at the UKCG annual lunch in central London.


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