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08 March 2018

National Apprenticeship week

This week is National Apprenticeship week, a Government initiative to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to consider them as a pathway to a great career. 

Across Premier we have 41 apprentices who started in 2017/18 and these include a variety of roles such as Advanced Credit Controller, Laboratory Scientist (Food Science and Technology), Engineer, Food Operator, Data Analyst and Software Developer.

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we caught up with a few of our apprentices to find out more about their roles:

David Tasker, Operations Associate - Balance Sheet Team
 
1. Why did you choose an apprenticeship, as opposed to other career routes?
 
The structure of the apprenticeship programme opened up more opportunities for work shadowing and on the job training. This really helps to cement the theory by giving you real world applications. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the business as a whole and the impacts of your job role on the wider business.
 
2. What opportunities does your apprenticeship give you to develop your skills? 
 
The apprenticeship course encourages you to develop both your soft skills such as your approach to problem solving, communication and team work as well as your technical knowledge. Although it’s up to the apprentice to develop their skills and knowledge there is an onus on the employer to make sure there’s opportunities for the apprentice to develop their skills and knowledge whether that be by letting the apprentice attend day courses or by providing structured off the job training in the workplace. This helps ensure you have the opportunity to develop and, more importantly, demonstrate those skills you’ve learnt.

Julie Harris, Apprenticeship Programme Manager, tells us more about our commitment to encouraging apprenticeships across our sites: “After the introduction of the apprenticeship levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships last April, we’ve worked hard to promote the development opportunities that the levy brings. I am pleased to say that we have three times the number of apprenticeships this financial year than we normally would. 

"I find that a lot of people are still surprised to learn is that apprenticeships are now potentially available to all colleagues - you don't need to be a new recruit or a young person - there is no age limit."
 

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