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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Friday Guest Blog: The benefits an apprentice can bring to your business



Mark Smeeton from Motorsave Ltd. on the benefits apprenticeships can bring to your business.

Since 2006 apprentices have played an important part in our commitment to training, making sure we continue to develop our in-house skills as we continue to grow our business.

We knew we might face a skills shortage and we saw apprenticeships as a great way to fill these potential skills gaps as well as providing a great opportunity for a young person to get that all important foot on the first rung of the job ladder.

We have steadily continued to grow and we now employ 19 staff of which 7 are on apprenticeship programmes, studying a variety of subjects including, motor vehicle repairs, maintenance, accounts and administration.

For me the positive impact apprenticeships have had on Motorsave Ltd are clear.

We pride ourselves on low staff turnover, and find that skilled technicians and apprentices are very committed and loyal. We all work as a team, with the same aim to ensure that the company achieves its objectives. We also find that apprentices bring energy and new ideas to Motorsave Ltd and can actually keep us up to date with some of the motor industry developments thanks to information they’ve picked up on their training days.

I would recommend taking on an apprentice to any business. For us apprenticeships have become an integral part of our internal training procedures and a part of our training plans as we continue to move the business forward.

For further information on taking on an apprentice contact Skills Solutions on recruitment@skillssolutions.org.uk or call 0161 233 2656

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