National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 9th – 15th March and celebrates the positive impact that apprenticeships have on both individuals and businesses. The objective of the week is to increase awareness and to encourage more business to take on apprentices.

Apprenticeships have many benefits for both the apprentice and the employer. For example, a young person deciding to take this particular root into a career will benefit from ‘real life’ work experience and have the opportunity to gain a qualification simultaneously. Apprentices also earn a wage while they work and avoid substantial debts that graduates are often faced with after leaving University.

For the employer, apprenticeships act as a tried a tested way to recruit new staff for which 100% government funding could be available. Apprenticeships are a great way to inject fresh, new ideas into your business and ensure that you have the skilled workforce that you need for the future. It’s a well-known fact that apprentices often stay loyal to their original employers for most of their career. Apprenticeships can also be tailored around different job roles, making them flexible around the needs of the business.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2015, The County Group has gathered some testimonials from some of our recent apprentices who have gone from strength to strength during our time with us and have been a great support to the company. They’ve been so good, that we plan to take on even more apprentices in the next 12 months!

Alan Chesters – Business Administration NVQ Level 3 

“I started my apprenticeship in Business Administration in August 2013 and passed my Level 2 qualification and moved onto Level 3 in August 2014. So far I have really enjoyed my time at The County Group and have made some great friends here. 

 I decided to become an apprentice as an alternative to going to college as I believe that the on the job training will provide me with real life experience and skills that are difficult to gain studying theory in the classroom. At the moment, I am based in the marketing department and have been involved with a wide variety of tasks such as blog writing, social media, direct mail and data cleansing.  

My course is made up of a mixture of observational assessments made by my tutor and exams. Although these can be challenging, I meet with my tutor from Babbingtons on a regular basis who provides me with help and support.. In 5 years’ time I hope to still be with company and progress to a more senior level having passed my NVQ Level 4.”

Young Apprentice Alan Chesters.

Young Apprentice Alan Chesters

Young Apprentice Liam Timmis

Young Apprentice Liam Timmis

Liam Timmis – Business Administration NVQ Level 2

“I decided to do an apprenticeship as it offered me the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and work experience which would hopefully lead to a permanent job at the end of it. Before doing my apprenticeship, I did originally enrol at a local college to do my A-Levels but unfortunately I quickly realised this wasn’t for me and started looking into apprenticeships to gain some practical experience. 

 Almost 12 months on, I am sure I made the right decision as I’ve made great progress and am really enjoying what I’m doing. Most of my apprenticeship so far has been spent doing the administration for The County Group’s busiest sales department and I am responsible for sending out policy documents to all of their clients. When I finish my apprenticeship, I hope to stay working at County and to hopefully process to a higher level position.”

Will Buxton- Accounting NVQ Level 2

“After leaving school, I wanted to start a career in Accountancy so I did some research into the possible routes. I decided to take an apprenticeship as it allowed me to gain nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining some experience and earning a good wage. My other option was to go to college and then to university which I decided against because I didn’t want to get myself into debt and I thought felt that I would miss out on the 3 years’ hands on experience that the apprenticeship offered. 

 I am now on Level of 2 of the course in County’s busy accounts and finance department. – I still need to complete Level’s 3 and 4 . When I complete Level 4, I hope to have secured a job with County. By then I will have enough experience and knowledge to allow me to complete all tasks given to me. I hope to be earning a good wage and saving up for my first house!!”

Young Apprentice Will Buxton.

The County Group is one of the UK’s Top 50 Brokers providing a complete spectrum of personal and business insurance products as well as financial services such as: life insurance and income protection. 

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