Apprenticeship Information Evening - What can employers can offer GC apprentices?
This week we are hosting an Apprenticeship Information Evening, which will give prospective apprentices the chance to meet local businesses who will be hiring now or over the coming months.
The event is taking place at our Gloucester Campus on Wednesday 22 March, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Over 30 companies from around the county will be represented at the event, across six industry zones; amongst them will be construction employers: Clarkson Evans, EG Carter and Complete Utilities; engineering firms: Spirax Serco, Arrk and Leoni; financial businesses: Hazlewoods and St James Place; as well as catering and hospitality employers, Calcot Manor, The Patisserie Box and Dumbleton Hall Hotel.
Ahead of the event, we asked the employers attending what they can offer apprentices who decide to train with them, and what their role with the company will involve. Here are their responses…
Kohler Mira – hiring professional services apprentices in 2017
“We offer a dedicated apprentice manager along with mentors in each department they work in, an opportunity to study further following their year with us, a chance to get involved in charity fundraising and other activities.
Apprentices will be involved with administration across a variety of different departments, to give them a good understanding of the business and an opportunity to find out where they enjoy working the most.”
ARRK – hiring engineering apprentices in 2017
“We offer a fantastic variety of work at the very front end of design for companies in all industries and world-wide. The apprenticeship allows an apprentice to find out what he/she is really good at rather than being in the same role for the whole duration.
"Throughout the apprenticeship they have an ARRK mentor and full support. In the final 18 months of the apprenticeship we would be looking at potential roles for him/her on completion and it is extremely rare that we do not offer a permanent position."
Dunbleton Hall Hotel – hiring catering and hospitality apprentices in 2017
“We can offer our apprentices a great working environment and mentoring in a well-established team. In time we want to see them become the next head chefs in the industry, through working up the scales in the kitchen and rewarded financially for staying with us.
“We will pay them more than an apprenticeship minimum wage – indeed we will pay our 16 year-old apprentices £5.37 an hour (currently). They can also benefit from accommodation for a period of time and can work in other hotels within the group if they wish.
“We will also support them in passing their driving test, as travel is important to our location and provides them with independence.”
Hazlewoods – hiring professional services apprentices in 2017
“Our apprentices will be involved with accounts preparation, auditing, tax, accounts and business advisory, and corporate finance.
“They will train for their AAT qualification and will also have the opportunity to go on to study ACA or ACCA accreditations.”
Leoni – hiring engineering apprentices in 2017
“Our apprentices will learn and develop the necessary skills to support the business through succession planning in a defined business area. They will work with the established company systems and procedures, with support through mentoring and coaching, to establish a successful start to a career in the manufacturing sector.
They can expect to be doing their formal training with the college, as well as work based activities shadowing other employees to obtain an overview of all business functions, before specialising in a specific functional role from Operators to Engineers.”
St James Place, Wealth Management – hiring professional services apprentices in 2017
“We offer a structured 12 month development plan for people looking to start their career in wealth management. Working as part of a team, our apprentices learn what life is like in the sector.
“Support from a mentor, participation in a peer group, organising a charity event, bespoke training and development are all part of the package, as is the opportunity to gain your Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The life of an apprentice is varied; you may be working in HR interviewing candidates or you may be organising our summer charity event. Variety is key and teaching you as much as we possibly can to best equip you for life at SJP.”
EG Carter & Co - hiring construction apprentices in 2017
"We can offer apprentices the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications, the chance to meet people and form working relationships and the potential for a career for life."
Cyber Security Associates Limited - hiring professional services apprentices in 2017
"We offer support, mentoring, training and preparation for work in all cyber security specialities – we also look to keep our apprentices as full time employees after completing their apprenticeship."
Book a place at our Apprenticeship Information Evening to meet all of these employers and more: www.educationthatpays.co.uk