Sodexo, a leading global services company, was presented with two awards – Best Apprenticeship Strategy and Springboard Individual Ambassador – at the 2019 Springboard Awards for Excellence held at Hammersmith’s Novotel London West on the 18 October 2019.

Best Apprenticeship Strategy award

As a food and service management partner for more than twenty years, Sodexo has worked closely with Springboard to help develop programmes that promote careers in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry, demonstrating it as an employer of choice and showcasing it as a vibrant, dynamic and great place to work.

Sodexo won the Best Apprenticeship Strategy award for the successful delivery of its apprenticeship programme and implementation of initiatives designed to engage, support and recognise apprentices across its business and beyond. This includes its participation in national apprenticeship campaigns and the development of its internal apprenticeship strategy. The award was sponsored by Sodexo apprenticeship provider, HIT Training, who have supported Sodexo through the development of its programme.

Sodexo’s Michael Taylor, Learning & Development manager, was awarded the Springboard Individual Ambassador award for his commitment to promoting careers within the hospitality industry and his continued support of Springboard across multiple events.

On the award wins, Jo Manifold, Director of Learning & Development, Sodexo UK & Ireland commented: “Winning both awards we were shortlisted for is a testament to our support of our people and the hospitality talent of the future. Congratulations to Michael Taylor and Sue Davison for all their hard work and to all those involved in the delivery of apprenticeships across Sodexo – you deserve this recognition."

Thank you to all the Sodexo teams that have supported this investment in our people’s development – this is aligned with our ambition to improve the quality of life for our people, our clients and our customers.”

Sue Davison, Apprentice Programme manager, Sodexo UK & Ireland added:

We have worked tirelessly to grow the Sodexo apprenticeship programme across the UK and Ireland, supporting the career development and skills of our people. We look forward to continuing this work and making the most of the amazing talent available within the hospitality industry.

Michael Taylor“A massive thank you to Springboard and HIT Training for recognising our efforts and thank you to all of our Sodexo colleagues who have helped us on our apprenticeship journey.”

Michael Taylor, Learning & Development manager, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “I don’t do this work for awards, but to support those who need help finding work and who have the talents to go far within hospitality. It has been a very humbling experience winning this award and one that I won’t forget – thank you Springboard for the award.” 

The annual Springboard Awards for Excellence celebrate and promote the work being contributed to the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry by employers who have helped to promote careers while improving staff attraction and retention rates. Sodexo was nominated for two awards across 20 award categories.



Header: Michael Taylor - Learning & Development manager, as his award win was announced

Top right (from left to right): Jill Whittaker FCA - Managing Director HIT Training, Suzy Read - Learning & Development manager, Jo Manifold - Director of Learning & Development, and Sue Davison - Apprentice Programme manager, with the Best Apprenticeship Strategy award

Bottom left: Michael Taylor - Learning & Development manager, with the Springboard Individual Ambassador award

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