To mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we thought we’d share our own experience taking on apprentices and demonstrate the impact they've had on us!
Taking place from the 5th to the 9th of March this year, the theme of National Apprenticeship week 2018 is ‘Apprenticeships work’, which aims to showcase and celebrate apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy.
Having taken on two apprentices ourselves, we’ve experienced first-hand the positive impact they can have not only on the business, but on the individuals themselves. Both apprentices have continued to grow and develop in their roles and are now fully qualified, valuable members of the team, who continue to progress. They play an integral part in the structure and success of Blueberry and actively help in managing and developing new staff we take on!
Following our initial involvement in the apprenticeship scheme, we’ve since developed our own internal training scheme called ‘Blueberry Academy’, which teaches key business, management and life skills. Modules within the scheme have been largely shaped through our own learnings when taking on apprentices, which has helped us develop a programme which encompasses both mandatory frameworks as well as additional guidance and support that our apprentices have helped advise on. This includes modules in account management and social media, as well as training within the sales environment. We believe that continuous development such as this drives Blueberry forward and leaves our employees with lasting skills they can utilise now and in the future.
In addition to our own experiences, we also proactively work in promoting apprenticeships schemes to businesses across both the public and private sector. We work with several universities, councils, LEP’s and training providers to help increase awareness of apprenticeship schemes and demonstrate to businesses how apprenticeships can bring new avenues to growth.
Based on this and our own experiences, we’d recommend apprenticeships to businesses in all sectors and thoroughly encourage businesses looking to take on new staff to consider going down the apprenticeship route.