Cloud9 Insight is an award-winning strategic and Gold Certified Microsoft Cloud Partner delivering cloud technology solutions to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). Following the interview process for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards, Cloud9 Insight have been made finalists for ‘Developing People for Business Success’ and ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards at the 2019 awards ceremony which will be held at Effingham Park Hotel on Thursday 21st March.

Emily Wise – who has just completed her Business Administration apprenticeship with Cloud9 Insight has been shortlisted for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. Emily has become a core member of the team and now trains clients nationwide, delivers speeches about her work as an apprentice and recently presented to over 150 HR directors about her journey and how apprentices can play a key role in every organisation.

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Some of the Cloud9 Insight team at the 2018 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

The news follows the Brighton-based company’s previous win at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards last year, where Robert Wiles won the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. Cloud9 Insight are extremely invested in developing employees and have core values which promote learning and development. Cloud9 Insight take the approach that developing the workforce not only benefits the business and their clients, but also enhances the opportunities available within each employee’s personal career.

Through coaching, shadowing and formal training, such as apprenticeships, it is essential to the business to guarantee that the best service is received by clients and that employees are given the chance to unlock their dreams and potential. Emily is a key example of how much Cloud9 understands that employee engagement is optimised when people’s personal, as well as work, ambitions are achieved.

Cloud9 invest in apprenticeships for both new and existing employees. They have found this scheme to be a great way to create new opportunities to bring in ambitious new talent. Cloud9 have also made significant further investment in existing talent with apprenticeships, with one of the apprentices, with no degree planning to study an apprenticeship MBA with The Open University.

Carlene Jackson, CEO of Cloud9 Insight, says

The fact we were made finalists in two different categories that recognise development in people, business success and the achievement of our apprentices is testament to the learning and development culture and training programmes we have in place for all employees.

I want to ensure that all my employees can unlock their full potential and dreams – a major part of this is encouraging a coaching style of leadership, stretching everyone to achieve more aligned with their personal career goals.

At Cloud9 Insight we usually recruit for someone’s potential rather than the experience they already have; the business is a training ground and we have a proven formula for helping individuals succeed and invest ahead of business need to ensure qualified talent can support business growth.

These awards mean all the more to us as we have recently made a decision to become a government approved apprenticeship provider to support development of talent for the technology sector. After experiencing the shortfall in talent within the technology industry – we have been working with Microsoft and the extended community of Microsoft partners to become an Apprenticeship Provider. Microsoft are a leader in the corporate world for encouraging inclusion, diversity and support of the apprenticeship programme. The Microsoft community are very collaborative and even my “competitors” have sought my help to provide them with the outstanding talent that Cloud9 have a reputation for producing. We want to provide relevant degree level apprenticeships that will nurture and train apprentices to quickly support their future employers and give them the confidence and experience to hit the ground running.

Cloud9 Insight are looking forward to the award ceremony on the 21st March. Good luck to everyone nominated.