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What have been the major benefits of employing apprentices?

Employer: Alan Steadman
As a company who has had a presence in Manchester for over forty years and are still the only shipping liner / forwarding agent still located in the city centre, we are very conscious of the high youth unemployment in Manchester within the 16 -24 year old age group. We have worked for some time with a Manchester based training provider (The Apprentice Academy) in employing and training a number of young people, all of whom are still working for the company and more importantly contributing to the growth of the business.

The apprenticeship scheme enables us to address youth unemployment within the Manchester region as well as attract young people into our industry ensuring that we suffer no skills shortage in the years ahead and that succession is maintained whilst building a workforce for the future.  In addition recruitment costs are drastically reduced as are the overall training costs making an apprenticeship scheme a cost effective way of recruiting and training new staff.

The skills gained by the apprentice are then brought back into the workplace and can be tailored to suit our business. All in all the apprenticeship scheme is a good fit for our business

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

Apprentice: Taylor Valentine
Since joining John Good Shipping from school in August 2013 I have helped different importers and exporters around the world ship their goods in and out of the U.K to and from such countries as China and Turkey, making sure that their goods arrive safe and without any problems.