Apprenticeships are a Win-Win for Businesses

30 Nov 2018 | Employers

One Less Worry Payroll, a bureau providing flexible and affordable payroll services for businesses across the region has taken on an apprentice to meet client needs.

Having steadily grown, the One Less Worry Payroll team needed to create a new job role and with a vacancy to fill, Managing Director, James Toulson, spoke to City College Plymouth about taking on an apprentice. Seventeen year-old Devon, joined the team as a Business Administration apprentice in August and is thriving in her new role.

“Payroll and accountancy are professions that require ongoing learning and first-hand experience, making Apprenticeships a very fitting option for those entering the industry or looking to develop,” said Managing Director, James Toulson. “The programme allows these apprentices to gain sufficient knowledge, skills and behaviour, equipping them to become experts and real assets to any business or organisation.

“Apprenticeships are win win for everyone. Apprentices get on-the-job training whilst earning a wage and the employer gets a member of staff specifically trained to meet the company’s needs. Being able to train apprentices in-house means you can make their learning bespoke and geared towards giving them skills that will help your company grow and thrive.

“When you study a course, you may gain knowledge but you won’t always be taught practical skills. With an Apprenticeship however, you hit the ground running and are immediately given the opportunity to learn and put into practice what you have been taught. In short, apprentices join your company ‘work ready’.

“So far I have been incredibly impressed. City College Plymouth have made the process a smooth one. Having never taken on an apprentice before, this was a brave new world which the team at the College have made easy to navigate. Devon has been with the team for two months and she is brilliant. I feel she has learnt so much already. I can’t recommend the Apprenticeship route enough if you want to grow your business.”

Talking of her experience, Devon added: “Apprenticeships allow you to learn new things everyday while working. I have gained many life skills and discovered different ways to complete tasks. Being in a classroom did not give me the practical experience an Apprenticeship has, or the opportunities to put the theory I have learned into practice. The work environment allows you to experiment and discover what you are good at and One Less Worry Payroll has always given me the support I needed. I would definitely recommend this route. Not only do you earn money but you also learn so many skills and gain experience.”

Devon’s Apprenticeship was organised by City College Plymouth, one of the largest Apprenticeship providers in the country. The College has an ‘Outstanding’ programme with a success rate of 14% above the national average. For employers wanting more information on the Apprenticeship programme, please call 01752 305026 or e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk.

 

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