Firebrand Training has won the Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year award as part of the inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards.
This award recognises Firebrand’s instrumental work in bringing Digital Apprenticeships to the forefront of the UK economy.
Gavin Freed, Chairman of Firebrand Apprenticeships, said:
“Being awarded the AAC Award Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year last night in Birmingham was a fantastic show of recognition for the whole Firebrand team.
“We have been actively involved throughout the funding reforms, including the introduction of the Levy, to ensure we have market leading digital programmes that can make a real difference to the employers and apprentices who choose to work with us.
“This award acknowledges this and there’s plenty more to come, ensuring we continue to be the first choice for digital apprenticeships.”
Since 2012, employers have hired and enrolled more than 300 digital apprentices on Firebrand’s custom programmes. Bespoke programmes that have been designed in response to employer demand include Azure Network Engineer, Microsoft Software Tester and Google Cloud Infrastructure Technician.
The award also recognises Firebrand’s decades of expertise across accelerated cyber security training. The UK will see its first cyber security apprentices graduate from their Firebrand apprenticeship programmes in 2018.
Firebrand is working with organisations like the National Autistic Society to ensure its Digital Apprenticeships are accessible to a wide range of individuals with different learning styles, paving the way for a diverse IT industry.
What are the AAC Apprenticeship Awards?
The inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards is supported by FE Week, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The award ceremony will be held during National Apprenticeship Week 2018.
The following AAC judges will decide the winner: Alison Birkinshaw (President, AoC), Rob Colbourne (Managing Director, Performance Through People & Chair, West Midlands Provider Regional Network), Sue Taylor (Network Manager, ALPS Partnership Ltd ), Sharron Robbie (Managing Director, Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network Ltd & Chair, South West Training Provider Network), Mike Cherry (National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses), Mark Dawe (CEO, AELP), Bill Twigg (Senior Apprenticeships Manager, City & Guilds), Stewart Segal(AELP Board member).