Hiring an apprentice has many benefits both for the employer and the apprentice as an apprentice can increase business productivity every week and develop new talent to meet employer needs. It also gives a young person a career opportunity, quality training and enables them to start working while learning key skills and gaining qualifications.
Five apprentices, Katie McElwee, Amy Kelly, Jade Fuller, Courtney Webber and Nicola Hyde have now secured permanent roles in Stronger Families at Middlesbrough Council after impressing their employer. Katie and Amy are currently employed as a School Readiness Support Worker. Jade is employed as a Family Partnership Team Support Worker. Courtney works as a Work Readiness Support Worker and Nicola is a Family Practitioner.
Employer representative Hazel said “As an organisation Stronger Families values the contribution apprentices make to the team. Investing in individuals and seeing them grow and develop in their career is fantastic.
“We will continue to have new apprentices as and when current apprentices gain employment or move on.
“The apprentices have benefitted the organisation as we have been able to employ a number of apprentices now who have brought excellent skills, motivation and dedication to the work place.”
Katie McElwee, a successful apprentice in the Stronger Families said “My Apprenticeship has given me an insight into working life and the ‘real world’.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Stronger Families as an apprentice. The managers and staff have helped me gain experience and I have developed really good relationships with other staff who have supported me hugely.
“An Apprenticeship is a great starting point for your working life and career no matter what you choose to do.”
Katie has worked towards her Level 3 qualification in Children’s and Young People’s Workforce at Middlesbrough College whilst successfully completing her apprenticeship.
Katie said “I have had a very positive experience with Middlesbrough College and my assessor. We have developed a good relationship and my assessor was a great support to me.
“My assessor always made time to speak to me on a 1-1 basis to look through my work and discuss my progress and how I could improve even more.
On behalf of Stronger Families Hazel said “It has been a positive experience working with Northern Skills Group and the support with recruitment is very valuable.
“The support the apprentices get on their Level 3 qualification is also excellent.”
When asked what advice she would give to anyone thinking about applying for an apprenticeship Katie said “Do it- apply now! Do not give up and do not be afraid to ask for help!
“I applied for my Apprenticeship and within 10 months I was employed by Stronger Families as a School Readiness Support Worker.
“I have been in this job role for almost a year and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without the experience I have gained from my Apprenticeship.”
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