Vauxhall’s commitment to partnering with education has been well recognised over the past few years, and its apprentice, undergraduate and graduate schemes are considered some of the best in the business. Vauxhall’s success in this area has now been acknowledged by a trio of prestigious awards.
Vauxhall is proud to have been highly commended in the national EEF (the manufacturers’ organisation) Partnership with Education Award at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013, for our undergraduate community projects. The judges commented that Vauxhall has changed perceptions of manufacturing and stimulated an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths through our programme of visits to schools, by undergraduates from all Vauxhall locations. They also praised Vauxhall’s clear corporate commitment and strategic direction to engage with students, teachers and parents.
The award was presented on 30 January at the EEF National Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, where the company was also delighted to recognise Vauxhall Apprentice Lewis Guy, who was competing for the title of the Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice national award, having been crowned the Regional winner last November. This award goes to the Apprentice who the judges feel has done the most to seize the training and development opportunities presented to them during the first year of their apprenticeship programme. Vauxhall is very proud of Lewis’ nomination for this award, although he was pipped to the post on the night.
Finally, the hard work of Ellesmere Port graduate, Andrew Lambert, has also recently been recognised, through a nomination for the national SEMTA (Engineering skills for the future of the UK's most advanced sectors) Graduate of the Year award. Andrew started at Vauxhall as an apprentice and continued on to complete a degree, gaining a First Class Honour’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The award ceremony took place last night at a gala dinner in London’s Park Plaza, Riverbank and Andrew was honoured to be awarded the runner up position for this national award.
Recognition from organisations like the EEF and SEMTA helps to establish Vauxhall as a company that recognises the importance of “refilling the talent reservoir” – a global priority for General Motors. Phil Millward, HR Director, said: “Vauxhall HR’s functional objective is to find, grow and keep the world’s best talent and our apprentice, undergraduate and graduate schemes are fundamental elements of our plan to achieve this. Congratulations to all involved in achieving these awards.”