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Apprenticeship Spotlight: Iress, GloucestershireLive Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Finalist


Celebrating apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College

The winners of the GloucestershireLive Apprenticeship Awards 2020 are soon to be announced during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 19th November 2020. Gloucestershire College is proud to share the achievements of our outstanding apprentices and employers. We are delighted to shine a spotlight on our finalists to celebrate their incredible achievements and inspire others to pursue an apprenticeship. Congratulations to all our finalists, we have our fingers crossed for you on the big night!

Iress: Finalist for ‘Employer of the Year' in the GloucestershireLive Apprenticeship Awards 2020

Iress is a global technology company providing software to the financial services industry. The software solutions developed by Iress are used by more than 9,000 businesses and 500,000 users globally. Iress is a finalist for ‘Employer of the Year’ in the 2020 GloucestershireLive Virtual Apprenticeship awards, highlighting their dedication and commitment to apprenticeships.

Gloucestershire College is very proud to be the training provider for Software and IT apprentices at Iress. Sophie Burch, Business Consultant in the GC Business Hub, works closely with the team at Iress to recruit their apprentices.

“Apprenticeship opportunities at Iress always attract a high number of quality applicants due to their great reputation locally. Iress really look after their staff and believe in supporting apprentices from the very start. We are delighted that they have been recognised for their support of apprenticeships as a finalist in the GloucestershireLive Apprenticeship Awards for ‘Employer of the Year’ 2020.

"We have been working with Iress for the past two years and have recruited 12 Software and IT apprentices for them. We have successfully recruited incredibly talented Software Technician apprentices through our own advertising and selection process at the Gloucestershire College Business Hub. Working together with Iress to promote the vacancies, we are able to attract fantastic quality candidates looking for apprenticeship opportunities in IT and Software. 

"Our apprentices who started last year are performing at a very high level and going on to achieve incredible things at Iress. The feedback from our software trainers and assessors at Gloucestershire College is that the apprentices at Iress show ‘exceptional talent’ which is brilliant to hear. It shows how talented the young people in Gloucestershire are. The technical talent we have here is outstanding. 

"As a College, we love working with Iress. They are very specific with their requirements for apprentices and have a very in-depth selection process involving assessment days, which the GC Business Hub team support. 

"We wish Iress the best of luck for the awards next week and we look forward to celebrating at the virtual awards with you!” - Sophie Burch, Business Consultant in the GC Business Hub

Employer webinar with the GC Business Hub and Iress: IT apprenticeships

We are delighted to be joined by Iress during our webinar for employers on Wednesday 25 November 2020. During the webinar, employers can find out more about our IT apprenticeship programmes and receive expert advice from our Business Hub team. We are excited to welcome Darcy Hibberd, Talent Acquisition at Iress, as our guest speaker to share their experience of working with Gloucestershire College, the apprentice recruitment process and why apprenticeships form an important of their business. Sign up via Eventbrite to attend.

Gloucestershire College’s GloucestershireLive Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Finalists:

  • Carl Eustace, HR Apprentice at Superdry Plc in the Business, Administrative & Financial Services category
  • Ella Russell, Business Administration Apprentice at Tewkesbury School in the Business, Administrative & Financial Services category
  • Jack Chapman, Engineering Apprentice at Renishaw in the Engineering, Manufacturing, Energy & Electrical category
  • Ellie Martin, Business Administration Apprentice at Pittville School in the Health, Wellbeing, Care & Education category
  • Imogen Collins, Dental Nursing Apprentice at myFACE Dentistry and Facial Aesthetics in the Health, Wellbeing, Care & Education category
  • Shannon Phillips, Customer Service apprentice at Truly Tailored Recruitment in the Hospitality, Travel & Customer Service category
  • Iress, in the Employer of the Year category

Watch the virtual GloucestershireLive Apprenticeship Awards live on Thursday 19th November 2020

We’re looking forward to finding out the winners, congratulations to all the finalists! The event will be streamed live on YouTube from 6.30pm and hosted by Steve Knibbs from BBC Points West.


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