National Training provider Remit Group was crowned the Sales, Marketing and Procurement Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at the annual AAC awards, which took place at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham this week.

It was also shortlisted for the Catering and Hospitality Apprenticeship provider of the Year.

More than 500 sector leaders, staff and apprentices gathered to find out the results of the awards, which are run by FE Week and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.

Forty-four organisations and individuals had been shortlisted in 22 categories after more than 350 entries were submitted by colleges, training providers and employers.

New apprenticeship and skills minister Gillian Keegan was in attendance to celebrate the winners.

Remit Group was given this award, largely for its work in the IT sector, delivering the pioneering IT technical sales apprenticeship for a range of well-known clients.

This programme enables young people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to progress in the industry, while earning competitive salaries and excellent commission packages.

Alongside clients, which include Softcat, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Exponential-e, Remit Group has a proven track record of recruiting the right people into these roles, by identifying clear character traits, personality types and the inherent confidence that set the best salespeople apart.

The arrival of the apprenticeship levy in 2017 has afforded larger employers’ greater opportunity to build successful apprenticeship programmes, often diverting from a traditional graduate intake. And as a training partner, Remit Group has supported a number of leading brands to make that switch.

One of the first tech firms ahead of the curve was the award-winning provider of IT infrastructure, Softcat.

In 2014, following years of graduate-based recruitment, Softcat adopted a pilot apprenticeship programme with six recruits. Five years on, and bolstered by the Levy, the scheme has seen 119 apprentices complete their training. Those on the programme have excelled, gaining promotions within their sales teams.

As Softcat’s business needs evolved and expanded, Remit Group has worked with them to deliver programmes such as the digital marketer, software developer, IT infrastructure technician and the new business and administration standard.

The ability of Remit Group to embed itself within an organisation, is the foundation of its unique delivery model. Becoming immersed in the culture of a business helps to establish delivery methods that suit both employer and individuals.

Remit Group uses a blended learning approach to create a balance of training delivery that includes face-to-face support, email, phone, text and online training tools which alongside workplace mentors provides the support to empower apprentices to take ownership of their training and personal development.