About us Acorn News We've only gone and won... We are delighted to share the news that we have won the Large Employer of the Year Award at the Milton Keynes Apprenticeship Awards 2022! Congratulations to Neave Taylor, our Training and Development Manager, her colleagues and our amazing apprentices, for achieving this for Acorn! And big congratulations to all the other employers and apprentices who are excelling across Milton Keynes! With close to a million active apprenticeships across England alone, apprenticeships schemes have fast become a route to future employment for thousands of school leavers. At Acorn, we truly believe that our apprentices are an integral part of the Acorn team and bring a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion. We also pay our apprentices £8 per hour, which is almost £4 more than the government apprenticeship wage. Currently we have 16 apprentices across our nurseries who are completing their Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeships, with three more due to start in September! Alongside winning The Large Employer of the Year, which recognises businesses with 250+ employees that offer apprenticeships, we were also shortlisted for the Diversity and Inclusion Award, which recognises employers who embrace equality and diversity in their apprenticeship programme. It also recognises the excellent commitment to actively develop an inclusive workplace for apprenticeships – where fairness, respect quality, and autonomy are at the forefront of their values and promoted as part of their everyday goals and behaviour. If you are interested to kickstart your career in the early years via the apprenticeship route, click here for more information and the application form, or get in touch with our friendly HR team on 01908 510309 or [email protected].