DSG Warminster Apprentices Score at National Finals

DSG Warminster Apprentices Score at National Finals

DSG Warminster was nominated recently by Wiltshire College for the Medium Employer of the Year 2008 category at the South West Skills Awards.

These awards are held annually by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to recognise the achievements of both apprentices and their employers.

DSG Warminster was selected as one of three finalists in the South West Medium Employer of the Year category of the South West Skills Awards. The award ceremony was held earlier this year in Exeter and DSG’s Apprenticeship programme came second in its category. But that was not the end of the story for the Warminster apprentices and their training mentors.

Although 250 individuals and companies were nominated, coming in as runner up was well deserved recognition for all the hard work put in by everyone involved in the apprentice scheme at DSG Warminster.

It was then announced that DSG Warminster was through to the National Finals, which were held at Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 10 July 2008. The event was attended by DSG’s Chief Executive, Archie Hughes who joined Warminster’s Apprentice Training Manager, Mat Havery, Andy Bowley, Warminster Apprentice of the Year and Steve Weston, DSG Apprentice Master.

DSG Warminster had a successful evening receiving the Highly Commended Award, trophy and plaque presented by popular TV actor and personality Amanda Holden.

Speaking about this achievement and coming up against the best in the country, Archie Hughes said, “This award is testament to a great team at Warminster who are all fully committed to the apprentices and continue to raise the bar in training excellence. DSG has a wealth of homegrown talent coming up through our apprentice schemes and this award justifies the investment we are making in our engineers of tomorrow.”

Notes to Editors

1. DSG launched on 1 April 2008 and brought together the ABRO and DARA businesses into  a single new defence Trading Fund. DSG’s primary focus will be in providing expert  in-house maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the through life  support of the key land and air based platforms and equipment for the UK Armed  Forces.

2. It draws together many unique capabilities that have been developed over several  decades for the direct benefit of troops and their equipment at both home and  abroad. The combined businesses will turnover in excess of £270m, with a workforce  of around 3500 strategically located throughout the UK.

3. DSG’s Head Office is located in Andover and provides strategic direction to the main  sites in Bovington, Catterick, Colchester, Donnington, Sealand, St Athan, Stafford,  Stirling and Warminster. Smaller support sites located in Aldershot, Bicester,  Edinburgh, Kinnegar, Sennybridge and York further enhances DSG’s geographic  coverage. Small support teams are also permanently embedded in other UK military  sites.

4. Picture attached shows Mat Havery, Andy Bowley and Steve Weston receiving their  award from Amanda Holden.

5. For further information about DSG, contact the Press Office on –

Tel: 01264 385799 during normal office hours

Out of hours – call 07710 789853

Visit: www.dsg.mod.uk

Issued:  18 July 2008
Reference: 03/08