SIGNARAMA Proud To Support Apprenticeships
In the current economic climate finding a job can be a challenge particularly if you are a recent school or college leaver. With this in mind the government has devised its apprenticeship scheme and it is under this scheme that both SIGNARAMA Milton Keynes and SIGNARAMA Harrow have taken on apprentices.
Bradley Mitchell has been employed as a sign apprentice with SIGNARAMA Milton Keynes whilst Cheryl Dunworth has been employed as an administration and operations apprentice by SIGNARAMA Harrow. Both of these apprenticeships offer practical on the job training through a combination of work based learning and assessment. Prior to taking on their apprentices both SIGNARAMA stores were fully vetted including a health and safety assessment.
Organisations take on apprentices for many reasons, for Tracy Clark at Milton Keynes the decision was based upon the desire to give a young person an opportunity whilst also recruiting a valued member to the team. The apprenticeship scheme has enabled her to increase the workforce whilst also offering training and support to Bradley, with the hope of course that he will make a career out of sign making. Eugene Herbst at Harrow had been looking for an office administrator and taking on Cheryl as an apprentice has allowed him to fill this position. The apprenticeship will enable her to learn all aspects of business and administration including customer service, retail, IT and sales. For Eugene although it has taken Cheryl time to grow into the role, the benefit has been that she is now fully immersed in the SIGNARAMA way which means that office systems run smoothly allowing him the time to develop his business.
Bradley's sign apprenticeship is a three year program covering levels 2 and 3 in sign making. His on the job training includes all aspects of sign making from design and production to the final installation. The formal learning overseen by Walsall College is delivered in the work place. His tutor visits him at Milton Keynes every six weeks to check on his progress and provide on going support. Because of the schemes' association with Walsall College he is also able to access the Rolland Academy that is based at the college. Cheryl's apprenticeship is fully funded and her progress is checked by an assessor who visits her at the Harrow store on a fortnightly basis when further assignments are handed out.
As an organisation SIGNARAMA is committed to providing all its staff with training and the apprenticeship scheme allows stores to take on inexperienced staff safe in the knowledge that they are going to be able to train them to meet the requirements of the business and thereby become valuable members of the team.
Posted Date: 18th Apr 2012