‘Re­ally good way’ to find out your skills

Shop­ping cen­tre starts ap­pren­tice­ships scheme

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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