During National Apprenticeship Week (5th to 9th March), we have caught-up with some of our own recruits to share their experiences of the Apleona Apprenticeship programme in the UK.
“There are still a lot of misconceptions around Apprenticeships”, said Jane Podmore, HR Director (UK & Ireland). “The primary one is that an Apprenticeship is only open to candidates of a certain age, which simply isn’t the case. Anyone aged over 16 could be employed in an Apprenticeship, including somebody in their 50s looking to change career!
“An Apprenticeship offers a great route into employment for those who don’t thrive solely in a classroom and want to combine studies with on-the job experience, whilst earning a wage. For Apleona as an organisation, the benefits are very real as we are able to develop colleagues to the standards that we expect, as well as knowing that they benefit from the latest in formal learning.”
In Scotland Apleona presently has two apprentices within the same department, with Robert Siberry and Josh Majilton joining the IT team, based out of Hamilton, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Robert said of his role: “For me, an Apprenticeship was a fantastic opportunity to develop an IT career. It allowed entry into a field, which is predominantly experienced, based, but how do you go about getting that experience? The Apprenticeship opened that door for me.
“Prior to my Apprenticeship I was at college studying computer development, but it just didn’t suit me and I found that working on the job was better for my progression, rather than listening to someone talking.”
Electrical apprentice Ffion Bell, 19, is employed on Apleona’s longstanding partnership with RSA Insurance Group, for whom we deliver services including maintenance, electrical works, cleaning, catering and security.
Based in Halifax, Yorkshire; Ffion joined the team after first undertaking an Electrical Installation City & Guilds course. She said: “After I finished my A-Levels I knew that I didn’t want to go to university, however I was very interested in learning a trade. I didn’t fancy plumbing, but an electrical role really appealed to me. I know some people will think that it is an unusual career choice, especially for a young woman, but I really enjoy it.”
Since joining the Apleona team, Ffion has worked closely with Facilities Manager Julia Hutchinson. Julia said: “Ffion has come in and been very professional right from the start and demonstrated an enthusiastic and mature approach to her work. She has already proved to be an excellent addition to the team based at RSA and I’m sure she’ll go on to achieve great things in her career.“
To learn more about employment opportunities within Apleona, please visit our dedicated careers page: