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2021 Supporters Awards from The Apprentice Store

IT company and social enterprise, The Apprentice Store, based in Inverness, has issued clients with Supporters Awards for the first time. The Supporters Awards see companies all over the UK, but predominantly in the Highlands, recognised for their ongoing support of the organisation and the value of that support in terms of its social impact.

The Supporters Awards are designed to demonstrate the social impact of choosing IT services from The Apprentice Store and to recognise the contribution of those businesses who continue to support the organisation in its mission to create sustainable employment for young people in IT in the Highlands.

In total, 63 businesses have been given an award, including two platinum award given to Cairn Consulting and Communities Housing Trust. There are also two gold awards (Connecting Carers and dbProjects), three silver awards(Lochaber Chamber of Commerce; North West Marine; Inverness Computer Centre) and ten bronze awards (Cairngorm Brewery; Sight Action; ILM Highland; Ben Nevis Distillery; Whale Like Fish; Safety, Welding, Lifting; CRU Holdings; Calico UK; Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust; Carlton Clubs)

Speaking about the Supporters Awards, David Massey, Managing Director and Founder of The Apprentice Store, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be issuing our first Supporters Awards to thank our clients for their support. It is amazing to see how the support from our clients can allow young people get into employment. These are all businesses who have chosen The Apprentice Store to provide IT support and by recognising them through the Supporters Awards, we are acknowledging their role in creating sustainable employment for young people.”

The awards are presented to every business that contributes at least one week of an apprentice salary. The awards are structured as follows:

  • Platinum: 100% of salary
  • Gold: 75% of salary
  • Silver: 50% of salary
  • Bronze: 25% of salary
  • 5 Stars: 10% of salary
  • 4 Stars: 8% of salary
  • 3 Stars: 6% of salary
  • 2 Stars: two weeks of salary
  • 1 Star: one week of salary

Ian Moore from Cairn Consulting, recipient of a platinum Supporters Award, said: “I am so glad to be able to have contributed towards supporting an apprentice. Helping the next generation along, whilst also addressing current challenges and opportunities, makes it a win-win situation. For as long as the services and results continue to justify our decision to work with The Apprentice Store, I will continue to recommend David and the team and consider them at every possible opportunity.”

The Apprentice Store’s growing client list is being serviced by a bigger team at the social enterprise which now employs 8 members of staff.