‘Really good way’ to find out your skills
Shopping centre starts apprenticeships scheme
APPRENTICES are being given a helping hand into work thanks to intu Uxbridge.
The shopping centre management group is about to roll out its first national apprenticeship scheme at its centres guaranteeing people fulltime roles after completing their apprenticeship.
Recruitment began during National Apprenticeship Week which ran from March 14-18 to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
The new programme aims to recruit, train and employ apprentices at intu centres up and down the country who will, in their first year, gain experience from within every area of its business before moving on to a specialised field.
intu has worked with leading apprenticeship provider First4Skills to set up and develop the programme which recruited five apprentices during its pilot year, including Adam Gillespsie, 18 and Billy Wells, 17.
Billy said: “I had a seasonal job that was coming to an end when I found out about this apprenticeship role at intu. I’ve worked across several different departments since I started which is a really good way of finding out what you’re good at.
“Every day is different but I’ve learnt a lot and everyone has given me such a warm welcome. The health and safety side of the business has been the most interesting to me so far as there are so many different things the team does to keep everyone safe.”
Adam said: “I was attending college full time before I started my apprenticeship at intu but I feel like I can learn so much more within a real world environment like this.
Everyone has been very welcoming and our mentors have given us so much support.
“I’ve worked in a few different departments since I started but business support is probably the area I’ve enjoyed the most as it has been really interesting to understand more about how the HR side of it works.”
Laurie Taylor, centre manager at intu Uxbridge, said: “We have worked closely with our national training partner First4Skills to develop a high quality apprenticeship programme.
“The programme will help our new apprentices to gain vital new experience, skills and qualifications within a range of different business areas such as marketing, customer service and facilities management.
“This new national apprenticeship programme builds on the success of our pilot programme launched last year.
“Recruiting the next generation of employees is something that we’re taking very seriously with this new scheme and our long-term commitment to create new full-time roles for every apprentice who completes their training with us.”