Talented apprentices offer a fresh perspective at local technology firm

22 August 2018

In previous decades, apprenticeships were reserved for traditional industries such as construction, manufacturing or engineering, and were predominantly offered to young people. However, as industries have changed so too have apprenticeships. Employees of all ages and career stages  are now able to complete an apprenticeship in more than 1,500 occupations..

At GC, we have been working with eLearning technology and design company Learning Nexus for over a year, with IT apprentices supporting the company’s customer facing support desk.

Learning Nexus took on its first apprentice in January 2017, initially to provide resource for the IT support desk area of the business whilst a permanent member of staff was on maternity leave. However, the company soon found that the apprentice’s capabilities and talents meant that they were going to become part of the company long term.

We caught up with Bev Hares, National Implementation and Training Manager at Learning Nexus, to find out how taking on apprentices has worked for the business.

“We find that our apprentices show so much initiative within the business and frequently provide support to multiple areas of the business… They always have a desire to learn and help where possible, for example getting involved in enhancing their mobile application skills in the hope of developing a new app for the business.”

Finding the right person is important in any recruitment process, and recruiting apprentices is no exception. Reliability, punctuality and passion are some of the key traits employers look for in apprentices, coupled with a willingness to learn.

“Gloucestershire College was a huge help throughout the process. From initially explaining the process and requirements from both the employer and apprentice side, GC helped us to select students most fitting to our business. GC advertised our vacancies and pre-screened candidate by interviewing them on our behalf before their final interviews within the business.”    

It’s clear that skilled individuals are highly important to modern business, and attitudes towards skill development in the workplaces are changing.

“We have experienced many benefits since having apprentices as part of the business. Our apprentices demonstrate innovative thinking, which offers fresh perspectives to current practices and challenges within the business. In college, they are able to develop their IT skills with the mandatory courses. There is also the opportunity to choose six specific courses based on the opportunities they had with Learning Nexus. Apprentices have also supported the growth of our business as we continue to expand into eLearning as a new development tool for staff.”

If you are considering taking on an apprentice to support your business, get in contact with the GC Business Hub to arrange your free consultation on 01452 563400 or email business.hub@gloscol.ac.uk  

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