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Learning on the job: the benefits of apprenticeships to employer and employee

As a recruitment agency that’s also heavily involved in the community, we can’t stop talking about the many benefits of apprenticeships. These positions give young people and career-changers the opportunity to study for a work-based qualification that is often the first stepping stone in a bright career.

Our apprentice, Kyra Wallace, recently completed her time with us at Wote Street People, providing the ideal opportunity to reflect on the benefits of apprenticeships to both employer and employee…

Real-life experience

There are many valuable lessons that can be learned in a classroom setting, but in a people-powered industry like recruitment, on-the-job experience is vital. Kyra’s apprenticeship gave her the chance to work towards a qualification in practice, not just in theory. Profiling candidates for highly specialised roles or finding a temp with five minutes notice can’t be learnt from a textbook!

Learning from real scenarios helps apprentices gain the practical skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen industry.

“During my time at Wote Street People I have learnt the whole 360-degree recruitment process from beginning to end,” says Kyra. Not only was it immensely rewarding for us to see Kyra develop in so many ways professionally, it allowed us to take a fresh look at many of our processes as we trained her.

Autonomy breeds initiative

Kyra adds: “After completing my apprenticeship, I was given the freedom to find my own clients and fill the temporary requirements by myself, too. This taught me how to be independent and deal with enquiries and concerns on my own.”

Career progression requires more than just skill, it needs to be fuelled by confidence. That can only be gained through living and breathing your way through the kinds of challenges you’ll face in a typical day in your chosen profession.

The sense of initiative this creates is a huge asset to managers in a dynamic environment like recruitment, where everyone needs to be able to think on their feet, often under time pressure.

Relationship building

Another advantage of apprenticeship for Kyra and Wote Street People was that she was able to build strong relationships with clients and candidates. We’re a business that prides itself on making genuine connections with Basingstoke businesses and job seekers.

This rapport is what allows us to match clients and candidates so effectively because we take time to understand what their drivers and barriers are.

Throughout her apprenticeship at Wote Street, Kyra’s vibrant and outgoing nature blossomed even more as she had the chance to build strong bonds with local companies and people. These relationships drive our business and definitely can’t be ‘learnt’ from a whiteboard – they have to be experienced.

Support from more experienced peers

“My colleagues gave me so much support which motivated me to do better. Working as a team also helped me to gain more experience from how they work and then incorporate my ideas too,” Kyra says.

The team at Wote Street People has nearly 70 years of recruitment experience between us. From Meta’s excellent listening skills and multi-taking prowess, to Maxine’s flair in customer service, to Matt’s problem-solving genius, to Tracy’s expertise with finance, insurance and HR clients, and Madeline’s know-how in the logistics, PR and marketing sectors…

…Kyra had daily access to all that knowledge, insight and wisdom. Not only were we able to support her when she encountered unfamiliar scenarios and obstacles, as she grew in experience herself we were able to delegate more responsibilities to her. We welcomed her fresh ideas as she took the reins on various tasks.

A win-win situation

A study carried out in 2017 by the Education & Skills Funding Agency showed that 87% of employers said they were satisfied with the apprenticeship programme, with 76% saying it improved productivity and 75% reporting that apprenticeships enhanced the quality of their product or service. Here at Wote Street we’d definitely agree with that.

We’re delighted to learn that Kyra feels so confident after her time at Wote Street People, joining one of the 92% of apprentices in work who feel that their apprenticeship has had a positive impact on their career:

“I’ve gained a lot of work experience and life experience in the last two and a half years and will continue to use what I have learnt. My time at Wote Street People has been thoroughly enjoyable and I can’t thank the team enough for being so encouraging and supporting me on my learning curve. Recruitment can have challenges and I couldn’t have got through the more difficult times without their guidance. The professional and life skills I’ve built will be invaluable.”

Wote Street People is a recruitment agency in Basingstoke that can help you find the perfect match between candidate and job. Just give us a call on 01256 799 127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk

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