Apprenticeships with SMEs are run by teams at West Herts College while services specifically for larger levy-paying employers are provided by Together Training, our partnership with Oaklands College.
Women into engineering
Together Training has been helping civil engineering firm Engie to develop construction management apprenticeships.
‘As advocates of women in construction, we’re delighted to be supporting three female employees on to construction management apprenticeships,’ said Christina Smith, Engie’s Regional Learning and Development Manager.
Among those selected is Assistant Design Coordinator Fiona Gore, who said: ‘Engie are clear that apprentices are vital for the sustainability and continuing growth of the company. The training I’m receiving will definitely help us to meet client demands for higher levels of quality and service,’
Engie also works with West Herts College, offering students work shadowing with the company’s site managers alongside professional training in areas like working at height and asbestos handling.
Starring role for apprenticeships
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden opted for the apprenticeship route when looking for customer service training which met its high expectations for these skills.
The 11 staff members selected for the Level 2 Customer Service programme are all former West Herts College students. Having met the exacting standards required of Studio Tour staff during a rigorous recruitment process they are now on a programme which develops their longer-term aspirations in partnership with the priorities of Warner Bros. Studios.
‘Together Training’s flexible approach to training delivery ensured we could fit this important staff development around our wider business priorities. For the apprentices the programme combines invaluable experiences on the job with masterclasses at West Herts College.
‘The participants are supported throughout, with each apprentice developing a wide range of professional skills.’
Learning and Organisational Development Manager
‘I’ve had great feedback from colleagues and managers – it’s going really well.’
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Apprentice
One of our best decisions
‘Recruiting apprentices has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We took on our first in 2016 and have added another three since.
‘The lack of experience of these young people made us a little apprehensive at first but we needn’t have worried. They come without preconceived ideas and have a real hunger to learn, so we can develop each of them in ways which really work for our business.
‘The West Herts College training consultant is with us every step of the way: from selection and initial enrolment right through to apprenticeship completion. This keeps the process slick and simple. There are real productivity gains to be had and these young people are great fun to work with. We’ll definitely be recruiting more in the future.’
Director, Heath Crawford
Financial services business