Nearing the end of its first year as a dedicated training provider, Hays currently has 81 learners on its BTEC Apprenticeship programme. This figure is set to increase significantly, with a new intake of 40-45 school-leaver apprentices due in July and August this year.
Additionally, all staff are offered the opportunity to develop and participate in recognised qualifications. Approximately 35 existing staff have already expressed an interest in receiving further training.
Hays is continually monitoring the effectiveness of its delivery. “The success of Apprenticeships for Hays Travel is proven by the number of staff that began as apprentices who are now members of the management team,” Louise says.
“It has helped that the whole programme has been endorsed and backed from director level down. As progression opportunities are clear, we benefit from the knock-on effect of more people wanting to get involved and achieve qualifications. This also applies to people who have been in the business for years, but now see that they can have something extra to show for that by working towards qualifications.”
Louise has some advice for any other organisations making the transition to functional skills. “Be sure to make use of the support materials that are on offer from Pearson. Having attended the training and used the support materials, I can honestly say that this has made the integration 100% effective and easy for all to understand.
“We also found it helpful for all of our staff to sit the functional skills tests, to provide them with the hands-on experience to help them support and guide the apprentices,” she says.