Awards at the double for firm - The Evesham Observer

Awards at the double for firm

Evesham Editorial 24th Nov, 2019   0

AN EVESHAM social enterprise firm is celebrating after scooping success in two of the 12 categories at the 2019 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards which honoured the county’s top nominated apprentices, apprenticeship employers, careers leads, schools and training providers.

Give as you Live, which enables individuals to raise charitable funds at no cost simply by shopping via its site, won in the categories of Small Business Apprentice Employer of the Year while Rachel Layton scooped the Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year honour.

The company has raised millions over the past decade for around 200,000 UK charities and director Annabelle Risdon paid tribute to her team of 18 based in the heart of Evesham.

“The apprenticeship strategy we have in place ensures we offer a minimum of two roles per year across marketing and charity services to harness local talent within the business and demonstrate commitment to the scheme.

“We pride ourselves on empowering our apprentices and offering various opportunities to progress within their roles.

“To date, we have offered five out of six apprentices’ full-time employment and each have decided to stay and progress within the company. We’re thrilled to have won in both categories and will continue to strive for excellence across all areas of our organisation,” she added.

Rachel Layton, who’s story helped Give as you Live secure Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year commented:

“Originally I wanted to be a paramedic but due to health issues, this career path was unlikely to happen. I was unsure if an office environment was right for me as I’m quite a lively person and enjoy doing different tasks each day.

“However, I gave it the benefit of doubt and I’m so glad I did. My apprenticeship has made me certain I want to continue to build my career in customer service, hopefully up to managerial level lead my own team. I cannot see myself in any other job.,” she added.

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