Delta Financial Systems has been awarded Apprentice Employer of the Year 2016 at the recent Microsoft annual Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016, held at Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading.
The Apprentice of the Year Awards form part of Microsoft’s Partner Apprenticeship programme, launched in 2010 to provide a more viable way for businesses to hire talented individuals with relevant skills. The scheme offers young people across the country the opportunity to combine hands-on work experience and over the last six years, over 11,000 technology apprenticeships have been taken up by 7,500 businesses across the UK.
This is the second time Delta has won the Apprentice Employer Award, having previously won in 2012/13. The firm was also rewarded for its support for apprentices, with Jessica Huang picking up the Apprentice Developer of the Year Award 2016.
Michael Power, CEO of Delta, said: “Our continued support and success in these Awards demonstrates our commitment to training and investing in young people as apprentices, to help address the current skills shortage throughout the whole of the UK and specifically in the FinTech sector.”
Microsoft’s UK Managing Director Michel Van der Bel commented: “Over 4,500 apprentices have started their careers in technology through our apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships provide a valuable entry route into technology for new talent, expanding the technology workforce in the UK and helping to address a critical skills shortage currently being faced by many British businesses.”
A recent report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee found that the digital skills gap costs the UK economy £63bn a year* and apprenticeships are seen as an effective way to skill up workers to help combat this issue.