Apprenticeships offer valuable, practical work experience and a head start on a career with an industry-recognised qualification. At Wardworth we have had a number of success stories, with candidates going on to progress through the company and undertake real-life projects with tangible results while accessing work-based learning to broaden their career options when they leave school.
For us, we really value the fresh ideas, new skills and youthful approach apprentices can provide and look to support them through every stage of the process. One of my personal aims as Managing Director is that everyone who comes into the company leaves better trained and with more skills than when they came in.
Richard Mitchell started with us as an apprentice in 2012 and now heads up our customer services department. Some of his key achievements have been completing the ILM 4 which is an international leadership qualification and restructuring the returns process for the business, and he particularly appreciated the varied experience undertaking an apprenticeship in customer service offered.
Our current apprentice is Meg Oliver, who joined us in August 2017, and is progressing well within the company, soaking up all we have to teach her. She has started on an NVQ Level 2 and our aim (agreed with Meg) is that she gets to a NVQ Level 3, which is the equivalent of 2 A Levels. She then has the choice of carrying out any further academic studies.
At Wardworth we enjoy having young people in the business, from students with a part-time job, apprentices and work experience placements. They offer great ideas and new ways of looking at things, and we subsequently implement some of their suggestions where possible and relevant. As we are a digital company in a fast-changing world, we need young brains to keep up to date with the latest technologies and to ensure we don’t stand still.
We are currently recruiting an apprentice to assist our Digital Marketing Manager, which will be a solid grounding to the start of their working career. Should this be of any interest to yourself or someone you may know please get in touch.
We will continue to take on apprentices, with a potential permanent contract at the end and hope that the government makes the systems easier and more flexible so that young people can learn whilst they earn and build up the portfolio of skills that they need in the ever changing world of work.