Left to right – Alex Cass and Billy Toulson – Standing Aimee Harrison and Imogen Flower – Sitting Lucy Christopher and Ieuan Thomas-Cousins
For those not Star Wars fans a Padawan Learner is a Force sensitive adolescent who trains as a Jedi. In the real world they are known as apprentices.
Over the last couple of years, we have invested into the apprentice scheme and recruited Lucy, Alex, Billy, Aimee and Imogen into our admin and accountancy teams. After my initial shock at how young they looked I was delighted at how mature they all seemed but as the years have moved on, I grew to really appreciate what they had brought to the business. They have been so keen to learn picking up everything we asked of them, but they also brought with them enthusiasm and a freshness that blew through the firm.
“having an apprenticeship isn’t just about getting great skills and great training; it can be the stepping stone to a fantastic career ” David Cameron (link https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/apprenticeship-speech-delivered-by-prime-minister-david-cameron-in-milton-keynes)
As Lucy, Alex, Billy, Aimee and Imogen move on through the business and now enter their fourth year with us all have been rewarded for their development; Lucy has now completed her business administration studies and is one of our senior secretaries, Alex passed his Chartered Accountancy exams on the AAT fast track route and has taken on an audit and accounts role, Aimee has been rewarded for her hard work and was appointed to a semi senior position, Billy has completed his apprenticeship and is a junior accountant studying for his ACCA qualifications, and finally Imogen has taken up an apprentice role in our financial services department working alongside head of the department, Gail Paton. For me though one of the most significant achievements for all our apprentices to have been nominated over the last two years at the Lincoln Business Awards. With an outstanding achievement by Aimee in 2017 as she went on to win her category. They’ve all got another important task, to mentor our two newest apprentices; Ieuan and Josh!
In addition to the freshness and enthusiastic attitude, the scheme provides structured training, third party tutoring, monitoring and appraisal and grant funding to contribute to their development.
The apprenticeship scheme has been a real success for us, and I want to encourage every business to consider taking on their own Padawan Learners!
As Yoda would say “Great job, Lucy, Alex, Aimee, Billy and Imogen, the good work, keep up hum keep up”