Good move – the benefits of apprenticeships

This week is National Apprenticeship Week (14 and 18 March) and the council and Pocklington-based estate agent Grays & Co are highlighting the benefits of hiring an apprentice.

The business has been steadily growing for the past four-and-a-half years, but had struggled in the past to hire the right people. Grays & Co has been working with the council over a number of years and has recruited five apprentices at its two sites.

Market Weighton School pupil Sammy Stephenson, 17, from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, has just completed her level 2 business administration apprenticeship and has enjoyed the opportunity.

She said: “I left school with good exam grades, but didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I saw this local vacancy advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website and applied. The whole process has been straightforward and I’ve never looked back. I’ve had really good support from my employer which has meant that my first experience of work has been a good one. I’m now employed full time with the company as a negotiator.”

Chris Ray, managing director: “For any business thinking about recruiting an apprentice I’d say go for it, but remember that you are not getting the finished article and, as with many things, what you get out of the experience depends on what you put in. We receive good support from the council in terms of both recruitment and training.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism, said: “National Apprenticeship Week helps recognise the important role apprentices play in the UK economy. Locally, the council is committed to assisting people to access apprenticeship opportunities and in providing support for the area’s business community in establishing apprenticeship positions.”

For further information about the council’s apprenticeship training programmes, or call (01482) 887670.

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