Following the creation of a range of Apprenticeship opportunities throughout 2018, S&G Response invited MP Esther McVey to come and find out more about the new government standard Apprenticeships as part of the ‘Blaze a Trail’ themed week, for the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2019).
The week long national event was aimed at challenging the outdated views many people still have about apprenticeships.
Having recently been recognised as one of the Top 75 North West Companies to work for from the Best Companies Engagement specialists, S&G Response have plans to create further Apprenticeship opportunities throughout 2019 and to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week took the opportunity to showcase the work of their current Apprentices and share their experiences to the local MP, who is passionate about Education and creating learning opportunities that provide valuable skills development for young people across the borough.
The visit highlighted the benefits of apprenticeships for S&G Response as an employer and also the value that the in depth training they have provided to the Apprentices, that has so far developed useful skills and knowledge to support their studies of Business Administration Level 3 and Finance AAT Level 3.
Andy Whatmough, Managing Director of S&G Response said: “The business has continued to achieve our growth targets over the last year and with our further ambition to grow the business throughout 2019 we truly recognise the importance Apprenticeships play in supporting our growth. We were very clear and specific on what we could offer to potential apprentices and how we would create a continuous learning environment, with the added benefit of understanding our industry, our business and their future career path with S&G Response. National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to recognise that having Apprentices within the business is truly valuable and enhances the diversity of our workforce bringing new perspectives, skills, values and experiences.”
Esther McVey, Member of Parliament said ''It was interesting to meet some of the current apprentices and to understand better why they took the route they did. All left school in 2018 and could clearly have gone on to university if they had chosen to. A common theme for them all was the desire to get on with life and to ensure that, by the time their contemporaries are leaving university, they will have both a qualification and valuable work experience''