Hovertravel has won the Morris Barton Apprenticeship Business of the Year Award at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence.“We are very proud to be recognised for this prestigious award and believe that we are all winners, including all those who entered, our fellow finalists and, most obviously, all the apprentices themselves”, said Julie Horrocks, Head of Ground Operations at Hovertravel.
This award, sponsored by multi-disciplined property practice Christopher Scott, looked for a strong commitment from a business to developing their staff with apprenticeship training. Judges were especially keen to see evidence that businesses that are investing in their teams and praised Hovertravel for taking on school leavers as apprentices. Hovertravel was able to clearly demonstrate how it has made apprenticeships a key element of their growth strategy, both at individual level as well making a significant contribution to the success of the operation. There were four finalists, including the Isle of Wight Council.
Julie adds: “We are proud to say that 93% of those who completed the apprenticeship programme are now place in full time employment with Hovertravel. The company continues to see considerable value from the passion so many of these individuals have brought to our business as well as allowing us the extra manpower to offer additional services to our customers to improve the customer experience.”
Hovertravel apprentices have had several successes including running a program of newly introduced excursion trips to the Hovercraft Museum, celebrating the very British invention of the hovercraft but also creating a business case for a product that continues to grow today. Our apprentices have also been deeply involved in initiatives such as HoverCare which is helping to make cross-Solent travel easier for all customers.
Hovertravel is a unique business which offers development opportunities for its apprentices that benefit the company and, just as importantly, provide excellent experience to advance the individuals’ future career aspirations, either at Hovertravel or elsewhere.