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Pub retailer and brewer Greene King has been named winner of the 2015 VQ Employer of the Year Award. The award celebrates Greene King’s achievements in supporting those undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs) within its workforce of over 23,000 people.

The VQ Awards, established by the Edge Foundation, is an annual celebration of top vocational talent and recognises individuals and organisations who promote and embrace the value of technical, practical and vocational qualifications.

The VQ Employer of the Year is split into Large and SME categories, with Greene King originally beating off competition from other organisations to be named the winner of the large category last month. A panel of judges named Greene King as the overall Employer of the Year yesterday evening at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Greene King has provided apprenticeship programmes for the past four years. During this time, over 3,000 employees have completed an apprenticeship programme, achieving nationally recognised qualifications in areas such as hospitality, leadership & management, food production & cookery and professional cookery. Over 2,000 people are expected to complete the programme in the next 12 months.

Rooney Anand, chief executive officer of Greene King, said: We believe in the value of apprenticeships and vocational qualifications, which is why we are continuing to invest in our employees. Our apprenticeship programme is key to increasing staff retention and productivity and we are proud that our commitment to existing and new employees has been recognised by the VQ Awards.”

David Harbourne, Acting CEO of the Edge Foundation, said:  “Greene King has been named overall winner for this year’s VQ Employer of the Year Award for championing technical, practical and vocational skills within its workforce. It’s very important for us to recognise companies like Greene King that have invested in their people and practical learning. In doing so it sends a strong message about the value of vocational qualifications and training and the benefits they bring to both employers and the economy.”

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