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Apprenticeships Offer A Route To The Top

14 March 2017

talking-head-David-Leighton-BerryFollowing from the 10th National Apprenticeship Week last week, David Leighton-Berry of Learning & Development shows off the opportunities that Eurocell offers through its own apprenticeships.

In our view, apprenticeships should be seen as an excellent way to join a progressive company with a long-term history of promotions from within and investing in the Learning & Development of our people.

This is good news for both would-be apprentices and us. The benefit for Eurocell, is that we get an influx of fresh ideas and new ways of thinking with each intake of apprentices.

The benefit for apprentices is comprehensive and rigorous training that is the gateway to a varied and well-rewarded career within a company that is growing. We are looking for apprentices that have the potential to become our future leaders. There is the potential for our people to grow as the business grows.

Dave-Leighton-Berry-ApprenticesWe are a self-sufficient company: we do most operations and services in-house. So, that means we can offer apprentices in a wide variety of disciplines, whether it is customer service, design engineering, maintenance engineering, or fabrication. There may be opportunities in every element of the business, whether that is IT, retail, sales, distribution or logistics.

Our training is quality and we are working towards City & Guilds accreditation to prove it. Our first course to be examined by the C&G, the design engineering apprenticeship, was met with much approval. And our training is diverse and comprehensive enough to cover many different learning needs and styles. The Design Engineering apprentices came in at 16-18 and within weeks were talking to customers, giving advice and working on the shop floor. They have also filmed themselves designing and building a roof for a training assignment, covering the roofing components, health & safety considerations and installation guide.

It is important to realise that the company is investing in training for a good, solid reason – it’s not just because it is the right thing to do, its good business sense. We want to recruit high calibre apprentices who appreciate being part of an organisation that works as a team and want to be here for the long term. The practical benefit to Eurocell is that it is extremely expensive if staff leave – recruiting and training new staff is costly. This means it is in all our interests to deliver the best because we see ourselves as training and developing the next generation.

And that is why we have produced The Management Development Programme. This has been designed to complement the apprenticeships and is delivered over nine-months. It will provide people with essential management skills, team performance, personal effectiveness and presentation skills. A further two further courses then take this managerial training to the next level.

We are looking for people who want to strive for excellence in whatever role they perform and who have the ambition to progress. In return we give a structured training programme that can take them right to the top of the business. How many degrees can say the same?

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