The 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) is running from 5th to 9th March 2018.
An able and willing workforce is key to any successful business and our Employment and HR lawyers are experienced in providing advice and help to clients with their recruitment process. We have experience of employing apprentices throughout the business and it has always proved successful from both sides.
We thought we would ask the opinion of a current apprentice, a colleague who has completed her apprenticeship and our marketing manager on how they view the workplace apprenticeship.
Chloe has recently started her
Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship
I began my apprenticeship in September 2017 after completing my exams in college. The decision of what to do next wasn’t easy. I had many concerns over choosing to go to University such as, ‘will there be a career waiting for me after university and will I be swimming in debt by the end of it’? I found that there is unnecessary pressure and automatic assumption that students at the college will go to university. Also, I found apprenticeships have a stigma around them that they’re only for people who have left high school or college and can’t, or don’t want to, go on to further education. But this is completely untrue.
I’ve been in my apprenticeship at Kidwells for almost six months now and I am really enjoying it. I am confident that no matter what happens in the future, my apprenticeship is providing me with skills which are transferable to almost any job and will help me succeed in my future career and in general everyday life. I’m given support and encouragement in my role and I’m gaining valuable experience through listening and learning from others in the workplace. Apprenticeships are a great way to experience working in an industry you are interested in and I have time to explore what I enjoy and what work I want to do because of the vast number of opportunities in my role. I’m learning new things every day and I have already gained experience in event attendance and organisation, business administration, social media marketing and editorial and content. My college qualifications have not gone to waste and I use them on a daily basis within my role and in the work that I am doing.
Business Admin Apprentice
Paulina has recently completed her
Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship
What I think about apprenticeships
Becoming an apprentice is a great way of getting into an industry that you’re interested in. It offers a foot in the door opportunity to allow those lacking experience to start their professional career. After leaving college, you might already have some skills but will they be enough to get the job you want?
Why I decided to do an apprenticeship
My teachers always said that I had to go to University and that I would never find a job without a degree because of the contacts that you get at Uni. I knew that there must be a different way of learning and expanding my skills in order to get a job in the creative industry. So what better way to learn than to learn while you earn?
It can often be overlooked in school or college that we require much more than our classroom knowledge to have a successful career. Halfway through my third year at college, I realised that I wasn’t spending that time learning the valuable skills I needed. Despite being the time that all of us had to start applying for University, I made the decision to leave college. This is when looking into apprenticeship programs was the best option for me.
Becoming a creative and marketing assistant at the Kidwells group has allowed me to gain invaluable experience in all of the areas I’m interested in. The skills and the confidence that I gained as an apprentice has gone beyond my work life and has massively benefited me in many social situations as well. I truly enjoyed the training programme offered by Hoople. My assessor, Daley Jones, was very supportive and helpful throughout the whole process and with his help, I managed to get through my NVQ qualification in less time than expected.
Alex – Marketing Manager
For a number of years, Kidwells have embraced apprenticeships as a sustainable way of growing our workforce. Not only do apprenticeships give potential employees a kick-start for their career, they also provide a wealth of benefits to the business. For us, it’s not a CSR exercise, it’s an investment in our future.
Financially speaking, apprentices can certainly be an affordable way to scale your workforce. Government grants can also help offset the overheads usually associated with recruitment and training.
The recruitment process can also be simplified by using quality local training providers who will support you in finding the best candidates. Once we’ve selected a candidate, we choose to work alongside the provider and the apprentice to decide on their training units. This helps match the needs of the business as well as the aspirations of the employee.
By choosing to employ apprentices, you have a great opportunity to develop and ‘mould’ the new employee in a way that reflects your business’s culture and ways of working. You are also able to secure a highly skilled workforce for the future. By investing in their career, you are far more likely to create loyal employees who value their own professional development.
We’ve had a very positive experience with apprenticeships and Paulina and Chloe are now vital and valued members of the team.