Mitchells & Butlers has beaten off competition from hundreds of entrants to be short-listed for the West Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

The Company have been named as a finalist in the BT Macro Employer of the Year award category which celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that Apprenticeships have brought to their organisation.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the achievements of the country's most outstanding apprentices and Apprenticeship employers. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service which will be held at Mitchells & Butlers Retail Support Centre in Birmingham on 16 September.

Sue Husband, Executive Director Apprenticeships and Delivery at the Skills Funding Agency said: "Apprenticeships are thriving in England, and it's not hard to see why. They offer ambitious young people and adults unrivalled career prospects, and give businesses an exceptional route to grow a highly qualified and motivated workforce.

"The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise the best of the best and are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they richly deserve for investing in their own futures. I am delighted that Mitchells & Butlers has been short-listed, and would like to congratulate them on this success. All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements."

All the West Midlands winners will proceed through to a final national judging stage and the highest scoring Apprenticeship employer entries nationally will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England's Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.