More and more businesses are turning to apprenticeships to help grow their workforce as an effective way to attract new talent, and it’s safe to say this pathway is on the rise.
The benefits of hiring an apprentice are countless, from increasing productivity to boosting employee moral, that’s why Gloucestershire College (GC) is helping local companies explore this route of employment.
Thanks to its industry connections, GC offers a comprehensive range of apprenticeship programmes across 17 industries, from construction, engineering and IT, to hairdressing and hospitality.
Andy Bates, chief financial officer at the college said: “The college has had a long tradition of supporting the awards and our main purpose is to support Gloucestershire businesses by helping to ensure they have the staff and skills they need to succeed.”
That being said, the college caters to high-demand skills as it partners with over 1,000 local businesses. Here’s how Gloucestershire College’s services can help take your business to the next level, as well as offering full-time support.
Opportunities for employers and employees alike
From school leavers and career changers, to employees wanting to upskill in a new field, apprenticeships provide invaluable learning opportunities. Gloucestershire College’s free apprenticeship recruitment service attracts high calibre candidates that are right for all businesses.
The college is there to support employers through every need, as Mr Bates confirmed: “Academic tutors train and teach the apprentices, and both the employer and apprentice have access to a mentor to guide them through the placement. It’s a wrap-around support system all the way through they aren’t just left on their own.”
Its team will advise and pre-screen candidates, providing businesses with a shortlist to make a final decision. It also advertises company vacancies across locally-used and national sites such as GlosJobs, Indeed and the Government’s ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ site.
The scheme was a major help to local firm North Tower Consultancy (NTC) who employ a number of technical apprentices through the college. Russ Nash is an apprentice line manager at North Tower Consultancy, he highlighted the streamlined process: “From the start of the process it was imperative that we found candidates that were right for us, creating a smooth onboarding process to welcome the new starters- this was aided by the college as all legalities and job advertisements were done for us.
“We see this as an opportunity to invest in the apprentice’s career from the beginning, our plan is to give apprentices a long-term career path, eventually transitioning to permanent roles.”
Ella Whitehead and Mohammed Naji, both apprentices at NTC, have been fully integrated as part of the team thanks to support from the college. Doing an apprenticeship is a route which they say isn’t widely spoken about, Mohammed said: “I made the decision to drop out of university as I felt the traditional academic route wasn’t working for me. Since joining at NTC through Gloucestershire College I feel comfortable in my job role and capabilities.
“Apprenticeships are often reffered to the ‘non-traditional’ route with many feeling like you will be stuck in the job role but that’s not the case. I’ve already had different options open up to me on the software sales side, as a colleague thought I would interact well in that role, so doors do open.”
Ella, who is currently doing a business support apprenticeship said: “I feel like a huge part of the team and I’ve only been here a couple of months. Initially an apprenticeship isn’t what I considered but there is a lot of opportunity – its a qualification with tons of experience.”
Investing in your own team
Alongside its apprenticeship provision Gloucestershire College offers the chance for local companies to upskill existing staff through various training courses. The benefits of which include improving company profits, increasing efficiency and productivity and motivating your current team.
Its high quality, affordable training courses inspire people to improve the organisation they work in, from junior level right through to senior management. Courses are taught by industry experts using state-of-the-art learning technologies at one of its three campuses in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean.
To find out more, get in touch with Gloucestershire College’s Employer Training and Apprenticeships team, here, on 01452 563 400 or email email@example.com