A major North East training provider is throwing its weight behind the Journal’s Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign.
The Team Valley-based Business Impact UK Ltd was formed to work with companies of all sizes, identifying training needs and helping them to recruit young apprentices.
It now has a national footprint and in the last five years has enrolled more than 13,000 learners from a staggering 887 companies all over the UK.
This year, more than 1,800 learners have been enrolled on to its apprenticeship programme and over 328 new jobs have been created for 16 to 18-year-olds.
The rise of the company can, in part, be attributed to a dedicated sales team, coupled with expert trainers who deliver relevant work-based skills to the young apprentices.
Funding now available to businesses has also helped Business Impact UK grow, as national sales manager Nick Atkinson explained.
“If an employer takes on an apprentice aged between 16 to 18- years-old, we are able to access and deliver fully funded training for them,” he said.
“This, in effect, means a no-cost apprentice recruitment for the employer.”
Typically apprentices are recruited for business administration, telesales, manufacturing, health and social care and customer service roles.
Business Impact looks after every stage in the process including writing job descriptions, advertising, screening suitable applicants and interviewing. It then trains the successful applicant in delivering relevant apprenticeships.
A Government grant of £1,500 is available to smaller companies with less than 1,000 employees, encouraging them to take on younger apprentices.
Leading by example, Business Impact itself has recruited and trained three teenage apprentices, including sales and marketing apprentice Carly Bolam, 18, who said: “This is a great opportunity and I’m learning a lot about marketing and customer service.
“I’ve had some great training and I’m now taking part in marketing and social media campaigns to find other businesses to take on people like myself.”
Atkinson added: “We know how valuable our three apprentices are to our organisation and it’s easy to show to our clients the benefits they can bring to a business.
“We’ve replicated our apprenticeship programme all around the country and proven how effective our no-cost apprentice recruitment service is, We’re delighted to be celebrating five years of offering advice, training and a lot of expertise.
“When you see how many apprentices we have placed and given those youngsters a fresh start, that really is the icing on the cake.”