Company wins award for work with apprenticeship scheme

Lee Mason Liebherr GB Ltd  receives award from Steve Hull of BAESystems. Picture by Michael Crabtree
Lee Mason Liebherr GB Ltd receives award from Steve Hull of BAESystems. Picture by Michael Crabtree

A Biggleswade company which employs hundreds of people has won an award for its support of apprenticeships.

Liebherr GB Ltd won the BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards held in London.

The awards are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas - businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

The company, based at Stratton Business Park, was chosen as the winner in recognition of its commitment to developing young people through apprenticeships.

Liebherr-GB Ltd provides state-of-the-art equipment to a number of markets such as construction, mining and plant hire. The company employs 340 people and has committed to 48 apprentices over the last four years.

On accepting the award, Lee Mason, apprentice programme manager, said: “Productivity has increased, customer service has improved and this is all with current, trained and qualified staff with the right attitudes and skills. This will help to serve our current and future customers.

“We are continually expanding and apprenticeships are now an integral part of the strategy, identifying enthusiastic individuals that can be developed from the ground up and are real assets to the company, bringing productivity, motivation and cost efficiencies.”