This week (14th March – 18th March 2016) is National Apprenticeship Week in the UK. Here at The County Group, we have a number of apprentices who work in different departments across the company.
This week we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with our apprentices and would like to share their experiences with you. If you are thinking about taking on an apprentice or are looking for the next step after college, please keep reading.
An apprenticeship is beneficial for both the employer and the apprentice. The apprentice is given the opportunity to learn new skills and gain invaluable work experience in a particular sector. As well as well as gaining on the job experience, they will also be earning a wage and working towards a qualification such as a Level 4 Diploma. Apprenticeships are fast becoming a favoured alternative to going to University where students can leave with limited real life work experience and substantial debt.
For the employer, apprenticeships provide the opportunity to recruit new staff whilst receiving up to 100% government funding. They are great way of injecting fresh, new ideas into the business whilst shaping a young persons’ skills and knowledge. Government stats show that 71% of apprentices stay with their current employer. This is great for employers as the apprentices often go onto be long-serving employees having learned all the skills and formalities of the business.
At County, we have a number of apprentices working for us in departments such as Marketing, HR/Operations, Admin, Accounts and Sales.
I started my Digital Marketing Apprenticeship shortly after realising that University wasn’t the route I wanted to go down after all and I am so glad that happened! I only started here at The County Group just over a month ago and have loved every minute. Every day is different and you are never stuck for something to do, so far I have been involved in Direct Mail, Email Campaigns, Recommend a friend and different elements of web design.
I also work with great people which make the days a lot more enjoyable but maybe not as much as a Friday lunch time Nando’s! I have realised quite quickly that the experience I will gain here is so much more valuable than any I would receive at University, but at the same time I’m gaining a qualification at the end of it, with no debt! – Hannah Peel (Marketing)
After realising that University just wasn’t for me, I still wanted to gain further education. I looked at lots of apprenticeships and this HR apprenticeship suited me the best. I love the fact I’m in a full time position whereby I have lots of roles and responsibilities yet I am also furthering my education and gaining a recognised qualification within the HR industry. By the end of my apprenticeship I have the best of both worlds – experience and qualifications.’ – Sophie Hudson (Human Resources & Operations)
I started my apprenticeship in July after realising the course I was doing at college was not for me. This has given me the chance to gain work experience and complete the theory through Babington College. I am learning fast and I am keen to progress further throughout my apprenticeship. I really enjoy doing the claims side of things at the moment and after my apprenticeship I hope to carry on working with the company and progress from there. – Jake Tryer (JSW Sales)
If you are interested in an apprenticeship with The County Group, we are currently have 2 vacancies for Admin Apprentices at our office in Southport. Please click here to find out more.
However, we are always interested to hear from talented enthusiastic people who show a little initiative. Please feel free to send a speculative CV and covering letter to Kat Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your skills and future aspirations and we’ll be in touch if anything suitable comes up.