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Apprentice champion Lovell takes Large Employer title at Sandwell Business Awards

Lovell was named Large Employer of the Year at the 2017 Sandwell Business Awards because of its outstanding record in apprentice training.

The award is open to local businesses and voluntary organisations employing over 250 people and with a Sandwell College apprentice in their workforce.

Left to right, Ken Ellis, chair of governors at Sandwell College; Lovell craft training supervisor Dave Jones and ITV Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan.

Dave Jones, craft training supervisor for Lovell, which is based at the Woodgate Business Park, Halesowen, was presented with the award at a black-tie ceremony held at Sandwell College’s Central Campus and hosted by ITV Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan.  The awards are organised by Sandwell College, Sandwell Council and Sandwell Business Solutions Centre.

The Large Employer title recognises Lovell’s continuing investment in developing the next generation of skilled construction workers. The company – which has just recruited six new apprentices and trainees locally – has trained 78 construction apprentices in the Midlands region over the past decade, enabling them to gain industry-recognised vocational qualifications through personalised career development programmes.

Lovell regional managing director Stuart Penn comments: “It’s fantastic that our commitment to building the workforce our industry will rely on in the future has been recognised by the Sandwell Business Awards.

“Encouraging talented people into construction and giving them opportunities to keep developing their careers continue to be the bedrock on which the success of our business is founded. We train for ourselves but also because we believe we have a responsibility to local communities and to the wider economy. Bringing more people into the business is critical at a time when construction workloads are growing, while the creation of training opportunities for local people is an important way of helping the communities where we work to prosper.”

 Council Bill Gavan, Sandwell Council’s business ambassador, says: “It’s essential Sandwell Council and Sandwell College help businesses work in partnership to create opportunities and train our young people for the workplace. Congratulations to all award winners.”