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In recognition of the investment in its people, Cowes-based UKSA has been awarded a ‘We Invest in Apprentices’ Silver accreditation by Investors in People.

UKSA is 1 of only 9 UK organisations to hold this prestigious accreditation and the first on the Isle of Wight.

Investors in People is committed to raising the standard of people management for sustainable success and has developed this accreditation to recognise organisations with successful and powerful apprenticeship programmes.

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UKSA has employed its own apprentices for the past 10 years, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support young people by offering real-world alternatives to traditional further education pathways.

Ben Willows, CEO of UKSA, comments:

“At UKSA, we provide training for 1,500 professional career students and understand what qualitative and motivational learning looks like. To be recognised for our own internal apprenticeship programme is fantastic. UKSA has been credited for its comprehensive apprenticeship induction and people-centred approach and I am delighted so say that many of our apprentices choose to stay with us for employment – they become part of our the UKSA community. Supporting our apprentices is not just about making sure they get a qualification; it is about building confidence and self-esteem.”

Jeanette Howells, We Invest in Apprentices practitioner for the south of England, says:

“As a well-respected charity and training provider operating in the maritime sector, your ethos is to inspire and support young people to broaden their horizons. You do this by working with a local college to deliver maritime apprenticeships as well as providing professional training for MCA and RYA accredited programmes. Your apprentice engagement is both collaborative and supportive, putting the apprentice at the heart of what you do. Congratulations on being one of the very first companies to achieve the prestigious We Invest in Apprentices Award at silver level. This is truly well deserved.”

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