The Skills Company has been awarded the highest quality standard for its range of work experience placements and traineeships, which benefit more than 1,000 young people a year.
The award is given by Fair Train, the Group Training Association for the voluntary sector which works with employers and training providers to encourage organisations to offer work based learning opportunities, from work experience to Apprenticeships.
The Gold Standard is the highest quality award for work experience and demonstrates exemplary performance in employment practices, including commitment to the progression of learners and supportive supervision throughout the work experience.
Commenting on the award, Alan Benvie, Director of Study Programmes at The Skills Company said: "Work experience is one of the cornerstones of our work in helping young people gain employment. A huge amount of work goes into providing meaningful work experience placements for our young people and we know it is worth it.
"I would like to congratulate staff from our training centres who put so much effort into working with employers to identify suitable opportunities, and supporting young people throughout the process."