Last week seven of our apprentices working at S&G Response in Wilmslow were specially selected to meet Esther McVey local MP for Tatton.
During Esther’s visit, the apprentices delivered a presentation on why they chose the apprenticeship route, an overview of the business administration apprenticeship programme that they are currently studying and what they enjoy about the programme. This was followed up by a Q and A session conducted by Esther, who was keen to learn about the apprentice’s journey so far!
#NationalApprenticeshipWeek2019 A big thank you to @EstherMcVey1 who came to meet all our Apprentices and experience their journey so far. Great words of encouragement and a wonderful experience for them being able to show their new skills #HardWorkPaysOff #EarnWhilstYouLearn pic.twitter.com/KpQzIbnC1b
— S&G Response (@SandGResponse) March 8, 2019
Emma Brewer, who is the Apprentice Academy coach for the learners commented on how the apprentices are progressing well. There is a lot of structure and support at S&G which is helping the apprentices develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their roles.
S&G are also giving the apprentices the opportunity to move around the business and learn from different teams.
Jade Whittleworth, one of the apprentices, said “As part of the apprenticeship we’re learning to adapt to change and are constantly learning new skills. She further commented “An apprenticeship isn’t the easy option if you don’t want to go to Uni, you still have to work hard to achieve the end result”. A common misconception that students can have about apprenticeships!
Emma Entwhistle who is the L&D Manager at S&G had the following to say about her experience of working with the apprentices and the Apprentice Academy.
“The partnership that we have created with The Apprentice Academy is so valuable in helping us to achieve our corporate aims and objectives, to provide employment opportunities to local young people. As a business we truly see the benefits of having Apprentices as part of our workforce, making us more diverse and giving us a competitive edge. Apprentices bring so much to the business with a new perspective and an eagerness to learn, along with a fresh approach and technological edge. Working with The Apprentice Academy helped us to be very clear and specific about what we could offer potential apprentices and how we could create a continuous learning environment that would add benefit to the business, wider industry and to their own future career path.”
MP, Esther McVey said, “It was great to visit S&G Response and to talk to some of their Apprentices about the work and study they were doing but also to learn more about what made them decide an apprenticeship was right for them. They were all extremely impressive and all talked about their desire to start work now and study alongside rather than waiting to graduate in 3 years time with no practical experience.”
New Apprenticeship roles at S&G Response
On the back of this success story S&G Response are once again creating new apprenticeship opportunities for school and college leavers in the Wilmslow area to start with them Summer 2019.
They have created four new apprentice roles in their operations department and three new apprentice roles in their fix auto team.
They are offering a starting salary of £12,000 to the apprentices when they start which is well over the apprenticeship minimum wage, and there are many benefits including free breakfasts, parking and company events.
S&G have also recently been announced in the top 100 companies to work for in the UK, meaning the apprentices will have a great environment to start their careers in.
For more information on how to apply for these new apprenticeship opportunities please click here.