GOVERNMENT LEVY INSPIRES BUSINESS TO REFLECT ON ONGOING APPRENTICESHIP SUCCESS
As the Government announces its pledge to create 200,000 new apprenticeships by 2020, Internet Central reflects on the success of its employees who took that route to join the business.
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Rebecca John joined Internet Central in January 2012 to embark on a Level 3 NVQ in IT with Buxton & Leek College. She has since completed her qualification and been promoted to Project Manager at the age of twenty-one.
Rebecca commented: “Having seen my two older brothers qualify and earn a full time wage by the time that everyone else was out of college, I decided to look at this route myself.
“I approached Buxton & Leek College with a strong interest in IT and was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship with Internet Central. I completed the three-year apprenticeship in just one year.
“After that, whilst I was keen to continue working with the company, I wanted to grow in a more customer-facing role. I was therefore thrilled when given the opportunity to transfer my skills to a new, specially-created role where I was building solutions to fit a customer’s needs rather than delivering products out of the box. I’ve not looked back since”.
Rebecca now wishes to continue her career with the business and hopes to expand her role in line with continued business growth; managing a team of people.
Stephanie Traynor, Apprenticeships Operations Manager from Buxton & Leek College commented: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain a recognised qualification in a workplace setting.
“Buxton & Leek College works with local and national employers to recruit and train Apprentices; whether that be upskilling existing staff or recruiting new talent, to develop a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce. Our dedicated Apprenticeships team are available to discuss with employers of all sizes how they can take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy to benefit their business.”
Since Rebecca’s apprenticeship Internet Central has invested heavily in both time and training, resulting in Rebecca recently qualifying as a PRINCE2 Practitioner, the second of the two PRINCE2 examinations, and being promoted to Project Manager at the age of only twenty-one years old.
Jonathan Edge, Director at Internet Central commented: “Technology is constantly evolving and so training for all of our employees is imperative to ensure that we continue to grow with it.
“Bringing apprentices in to the business has proven successful; providing the company with people who have been fully immersed in our technology, our brand and our culture from day one. I highly recommend apprenticeships to any business looking to grow their team and would like to take this opportunity to formally thank our apprentices for their hard work and commitment.”
Other apprenticeship success within the company includes that of Adam Reynolds who completed his three-year apprenticeship in eight months due to in-house support and training. He commented: “I feel that I’ve made the right decision and I have suggested an apprenticeship to a lot of friends.
“At sixteen years old I had a lack of self-discipline to push myself at University but, with the in-house support here I’m now fully immersed in the company and moving forward with my career”.