HepcoMotion, which is based in Tiverton, has been named Employer of the Year 2010 at the City of Bristol College Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony. The citation is particularly gratifying for the company: 'The focus of this award was the continuous development of the HepcoMotion team over the years, with particular emphasis placed on apprentices who are now in management positions within the organisation.' This was one of the main reasons why HepcoMotion won this award, together with its continued commitment to apprenticeships.
HepcoMotion has supported the modern apprenticeship scheme since 1993. The company believes that one of the reasons why it has earned a high reputation on the world stage is the quality of its staff - so investment in apprenticeships continues to make sound business sense.
As noted by the award judges, several of the HepcoMotion apprentice-trained engineers have risen through the ranks to hold key roles within the organisation. They are now pursuing careers in various departments including production, quality control, engineering support and international sales.
The City of Bristol College currently boasts more than 1500 apprenticeship students across a wide range of professions. At the award ceremony, the College's Contracts Manager, Claire Arbery, said: "More employers than ever are recognising the benefits of taking on apprentices, not only for the individual, but also for their own business. Our awards evening is a chance to celebrate the commitment of our apprenticeship students as well as the quality of the invaluable support they receive from their employers."
Bob Gregory, the Training Manager at HepcoMotion, received the Employer of the Year Award on the company's behalf. The company's Managing Director, Ray Hall, said: "Although this is our third Employer of the Year Award, this is viewed by the manufacturing community as the most prestigious of all as it factors-in exceptional career progression."