Driving their way to success

Grundon Waste Management is celebrating after achieving a prestigious runners-up place in The Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Apprenticeship of the Year Award.

The glittering awards ceremony, attended by more than 400 business people from across the region, was held last Friday (June 17) at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel in Sandford-on-Thames.

Having taken top honours in the Large Business Award 2015, the Grundon team was hoping to make it a winning double, but after a close fought contest was pipped at the post by Stuart Barr CDR.

Anthony Foxlee-Brown, marketing & communications manager at Grundon, said: “It was a fabulous evening and congratulations must go to the Stuart Barr CDR team for their success.

“We were honoured to be shortlisted runners-up among such a worthy line-up of entrants and it’s a well-earned pat on the back for our HR department; our colleagues at JLD Driver Training, who helped deliver the driver apprenticeship programme; and also to the team at Bristol College, who worked in partnership with us to support our apprentice technicians and other employees.

“Of course finally, we must say a big well done to our apprentices, and we were delighted that some of them were able to join us on the night and enjoy the celebrations.”

Grundon Waste Management has a total of 23 current apprentices – many of whom are studying for their Level Two Apprenticeship in driving a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV). The driver training programme is part of the company’s ongoing approach to help counteract the nationwide shortfall of LGV drivers, which is especially severe in the Thames Valley area.

The Oxfordshire Business Awards are now in their 22nd year and this year around 300 firms from across the county competing in 15 different categories.

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