National award in scheme for apprentices

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A COMPANY which runs an apprenticeship scheme with students from Highbury College has won a national award.

IBM took the best apprenticeship programme award at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

The information technology firm beat competition from 19 other companies including Aviva, Ernst & Young, Barclays, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens to take the prize.

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards reveals the top organisations for graduates to work for, as voted by students.

Highbury College provides funding and reviews the quality of IBM’s scheme, which provides training to 90 apprentices in Portsmouth.

Dee John, executive director of corporate college at Highbury said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for both IBM and its apprentices. As apprenticeship scheme partners we want to congratulate IBM on winning this award and look forward to continuing to work closely with them on this excellent programme.’