5 March 2018
National Apprenticeship Week is underway, celebrating the success of apprenticeships as a pathway to great careers. Throughout the week, we will be profiling some of the bright apprentices here at WYG. To kick things off, our Learning and Development Advisor, Julie O’Driscoll, shares a few words on our commitment to the programme.
There are lots of reasons why National Apprenticeship Week matters a great deal. It does more than recognise the talent of our youths, or cultivate career paths for them; it reminds us of the importance of actively seeking out and enlisting the young talent that will one day steer the course of our industry.
At WYG, we’ve been proud to offer our apprentices the opportunities to gain real hands-on training via live projects, imparting the skills and knowledge they will need for their careers to blossom.
Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last May, our involvement in the programme has increased significantly. Wherever possible, we look for opportunities to employ locally recruited apprentices. In fact, we are currently working with various training providers throughout the UK, delivering apprenticeship standards and frameworks from business administration to chartered degree apprenticeships.
We could not be more impressed with the steadfast dedication from our apprentices in learning their craft, and the speed at which they’re learning. Unlike traditional education, these apprenticeships provide meaningful work experience on top of the learning, allowing the apprentices to achieve a recognised qualification.
Through this programme, apprentices have a pathway to joining our organisation permanently, but even if they choose to move on, they leave with a far greater chance of finding employment within the local community. That is why we will continue recruiting on an ongoing basis.
To further contribute to the aims of National Apprenticeship Week, WYG will be participating in Apprentice Trailblazer groups within the disciplines of environment, planning, and civil engineering. The purpose of these groups is to work with like-minded industry colleagues to help build future apprenticeship standards.
We have also attended apprenticeship events nationally to help educate parents and students on the benefits of, and how to go about applying for, apprenticeship programmes.
On 5th March, we attended the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 2018, the largest apprenticeship recruitment fair in the North. The event hosted over 100 national and regional employers from a range of sectors, offering information and advice on offered apprenticeships, new recruitment processes, and much more.
To learn more about the event, visit https://www.leeds.gov.uk/leedspathways/home/larf18.