National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated 9 – 13 March in England and Wales, and with 23,000 new apprentice jobs pledged during the week, the UK government is understandably hailing the scheme a resounding success. Here at People against Poverty (PaP), we are delighted to be joining thousands of commercial, public and third sector organisations by appointing our first apprentice this year.
For the apprentices themselves, an apprenticeship offers a great opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ through structured on-the-job training and development. Our newly-appointed apprentice will gain an invaluable insight into the world of running a charity and social enterprise. He or she will work alongside our charity manager, Jenny James, gaining important office administration skills and assisting with the running of successful events our business community, Business against Poverty (BaP).
Apprenticeships have been embraced by a wide range of businesses with potential funding available for qualifying employers of up to £1500. In a rapidly-changing employment market, apprenticeships are coming into their own as highly-regarded training programmes, with businesses reporting an average increase in productivity by £214 per week when they hire apprentices (Source: National Apprenticeship Service). Employers across all sectors all sectors look for work experience in addition to qualifications when recruiting and cite it as a differentiator over candidates without experience in the workplace.
People against Poverty’s chief executive officer, Valerie Huxley, stated: “Everything that our charity does has a community focus, be that in our overseas projects in Haiti, Nepal and Romania, or here in the UK. When we reviewed our staffing requirements and identified the need for a new employee, we committed to supporting a young person from our local community into work. The apprenticeship scheme is beneficial and affordable for a small charity that has limited resources but can share a wealth of expertise. In addition, in our experience, a new face in the office always contributes valuable and exciting new ideas to our organisation!”
Watch this space to find out more about our apprentice once he or she has been selected.