Apprenticeship stories: Local employers share their apprenticeship experience

Apprentices Building the Future - local employers talk about the benefits and their experience of recruiting apprentices:

Carol Willis, Voluntary Action Swindon

“As the Council for Voluntary Sector (CVS) in Swindon, Voluntary Action decided to recruit an apprentice to enable us to promote and support other voluntary sector organisations through the process, and encourage the recruitment of apprentices. We are using Swindon Borough Council’s levy to pay for the training, and have taken advantage of the current government incentives.

The recruitment process provided a high number of applicants for the position, with a high calibre of young people being interviewed that we could have offered the apprenticeship to. Unfortunately we only had a vacancy for one position, and Rachel started in January. She is proving to be highly motivated, and although having to start her first role in admin working from home, has adapted well and will be an asset to Voluntary Action throughout her apprenticeship.

Rachel is keeping a blog of her time as an apprentice, which can be accessed through our Voluntary Action Swindon website. The process has been relatively simple to set up with the support of Swindon Borough Council and New College (the training provider) being very supportive. The helpline provided by the National Apprenticeship Service account has answered any questions I have had about my online Apprenticeship Management Account. All together a positive process”