Arvato’s Recruitment Apprentice, Vikas Khan, has been named the 2018 South West ‘Intermediate Apprentice of the Year’ in the regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards (NAA).
The eighteen-year-old Slough resident, based at Arvato CRM Solutions’ UK headquarters on Farnham Road, will now qualify as a finalist for the prestigious national award, set to be announced at a ceremony in London on the 28th November.
The judges were impressed with Vikas’ fast development at Arvato, where he’s assumed recruitment account management responsibilities for one of the company’s key automotive clients after just six months of his year-long, NVQ Level 2 programme.
Vikas has also demonstrated a strong commitment to the business’ charity initiatives, organising World Book Day and Diversity Day events that have raised over £1500. The donations were split between The Prince’s Trust, of which the company is a patron, and Penny Appeal.
Arvato’s apprentice programme has supported over 65 young people since its initiation in 2012, helping them to develop key employment skills and take their first step on the career ladder.
Vikas Khan said: “I’m thrilled to have won this year’s apprentice of the year award for the region and I’m having a fantastic time working at Arvato, gaining the experience and skills I need to kick start my career.
“On a personal level, taking on this role has really boosted my confidence and has taken me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to reach my potential. I’m excited about taking the next steps towards a successful future in recruitment.”
Carl Rayner, Head of Talent Acquisition and Development, CRM Solutions, Arvato UK & Ireland, said: “Each year, our apprenticeship programme helps young people from Slough to develop the invaluable skills they need to start their careers. We take our responsibilities to the local communities we work in very seriously and supporting youth employment and training is key to this. We are exceptionally proud of Vikas’ achievements and this award is testament to his commitment, skill and maturity.”
Arvato was included in the AllAboutSchoolLeavers Top 100 Employers for School Leavers in 2018 and the Government’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list in 2017, in recognition of its high standards of excellence in employing apprentices.
The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in its fifteenth year, celebrate outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals from across the UK who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.
Arvato is one of the world’s leading business outsourcing companies with over 50 years’ experience and employing more than 68,000 people, across almost 40 countries. The business has more than fifteen years’ experience in the public sector, delivering award-winning partnerships with central government departments and local authorities, which include Slough and Chesterfield Borough Councils.
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