As part of the Staffordshire Apprentice Awards 2008, Endon Services, of Endon, near Stoke On Trent has been named Apprentice Employer of the Year 2008 (Small Employer segment, covering businesses with under 50 staff).

On receiving his award trophy, Endon Services owner Reg Aldridge commented: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for a humble member of the retail motor industry.Aldridge believes the award will reflect well on the whole sector: ‘It will boost our company and industry segment image massively in the local area.'

The Staffordshire Apprentice Awards 2008 are organised by the Staffordshire Providers Association, a national organisation which supports work-based learning. Among the sponsors of the event are Business Link, Staffordshire University and Capita.

Judges look for employers that can clearly show the benefits they have gained from a commitment to training their workforce through Apprenticeships.