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What have been the major benefits of employing apprentices?

Employer: Neil Turvin
We have built a culture within the business where we believe, if you are good enough, you are old enough. Apprentices bring tenacity, hunger, initiative with them, if motivated in the right way and this can mean you create loyal members of the team who want to progress both themselves and the business which gave them their chance in their career.

I would say the major benefit is that it enables you to build a team and a certain culture. The young very rarely have limiting beliefs if you can demonstrate to them that they too can achieve great things if they put the focus into their jobs. That means they go on to achieve great things.

What have you worked on for the company that people wouldn’t believe apprentices do?

Apprentice: Matthew Juniper 
I have interacted with CIO’s, IT Directors, Head’s of Software Development and discussed their business challenges with them. I have also worked within our marketing team to understand the industries key challenges and support the sales team on provision of tailored collateral to prospects.

I have also throughout my tenure at Godel generated a number of new leads for the company which have become £100k+ deals for Godel but has also led me to earning as much money as friends who have left University and moved into graduate positions. Not bad for a 19 year old who didn’t have relevant experience prior to joining Godel.

Here Jim Clarke co-founder of the Apprentice Academy meets with Neil Turvin to find out how he started his career and what tips he would give a young apprentice starting out.