Here at Pennine we are proud to work with our community and have the platform to provide opportunities to our local young people, so we are thrilled to be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week as a business. As a derby-based manufacturer, we currently have three apprentices working for us, experiencing in house training, a competitive salary, and valuable qualifications. But why choose an apprenticeship? What are the benefits?
Why Choose an Apprenticeship?
1) They allow you to gain valuable skills – Learn new skills, whilst within the job role.
2) Increase experience in your chosen sector – Find out whether the industry suits you whilst learning.
3) Develops employability – Apprenticeships increase staff loyalty and retention.
4) Career and learning support – Receive support from both your employer and training provider.
5) Qualifications – Gain valuable qualifications to put on your CV.
6) Earning on the job – Receive a salary/wage for the work you complete.
Our first ever apprentice, Ruby, joined our quality team in October after deciding she didn’t want to go to college and wanted to apply for a job in an industry that was unique and challenging. ‘I saw this apprenticeship and I didn’t really know what it meant until I came to the interview which really made me up for the challenge.’ Ruby’s role now entails quality administration, lab work and complaints but explains how ‘each day can be very different’.
Oliver started in our maintenance department as an apprentice in November. ‘I was in the last year of sixth form and deciding that I wanted to start an apprenticeship to experience on the job training and well as learning’. Oliver’s role includes attending to machinery when operation is ceased due to technical issue, and has proposed that he would love to ’go on to do electrical engineering.’
Georgie, our latest apprentice, works within our marketing team assisting the production of social media content and blog writing. ‘I really enjoy applying creativity to my work which working in the marketing team allows me to do’. Georgie started university in September but chose to follow a different route, by starting an apprenticeship in digital marketing. Georgie’s role now includes ‘filming, planning content and maintaining the social media sites.’