Apprentices can bring significant benefits to employers and Swindon College has launched a new campaign to encourage employers to make a sound business investment by hiring an apprentice and reap the rewards.
Marie Sneddon, Manager of the Apprenticeship programmes at Swindon College said:
"Many businesses are still feeling the impact of the economic downturn and may be tempted to cut their training budgets. but we want to get the message across that apprentices do pay their way and employers will see a visible return on their investment in a relatively short period of time. Research has proven that businesses who employ an apprentice will see increased productivity, a more innovative workforce, a better fit between employee skills and company requirements and staff who are more motivated and satisfied."
Swindon College is the provider of the widest range of professional and industry-led apprenticeship programmes in the Swindon area that reflect the real needs of the industry sectors in Swindon. The Apprenticeship programmes that are available through the College include; Accountancy,Bricklaying, Business Administration, Carpentry, Engineering, Electrical Installation, Hairdressing, Hospitality and Catering, Motor Vehicle, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Sport and Leisure and a newly launched Warehousing programme .
Marie Sneddon said: "The College is continuing to work alongside employers to ensure that they are well informed about what an apprenticeship is and how an apprenticeship programme is delivered; an apprentice is an employee, who earns a wage while working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training at Swindon College to work towards nationally recognised qualifications such as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ), Technical Certificates and Key Skills. And therefore, apprentices are proving to be a great investment for the future, as on-the-job training can help employers ensure their workforce remains competitive. "
Roger Jones, Michelin Star Chef and Proprietor of The Harrow Restaurant at Little Bedwyn has hired two apprentices from Swindon College and says:
"Working with Swindon College has enabled us to source some key staff through their apprentice programme. With so many young people now interested in the Catering and Hospitality sector it is essential that they receive a good educational grounding together with the ability to practice their skills in the real world."
"So well has the scheme worked that we have now taken on 2 apprentices full time. The benefits of the scheme is huge, especially with the grounding, foundation and discipline taught at Swindon College. These apprentices are trying hard to break into industry and secure a career and they need the support of local businesses to encourage and give them hope."
Jallin Argent, aged 16, who is one of Roger’s full time apprentice’s has recently celebrated winning the Jaquart Rising Stars Trophy for her exceptional cooking and wine-matching abilities. Jallin, who was thrilled to have won the award said:
"I was presented with my award by Master Chef star John Torode, it was a great moment! I won a visit to the Jacquart Vineyard in the Champagne Region of France, followed by a trip to Paris for a few days of fine dining and shopping. I would like to thank Roger for supporting me throughout my apprenticeship."
For more details about the Apprenticeship programmes at Swindon College call our dedicated employer services team on 01793 498208 or email: email@example.com.