National Apprenticeship Week – what did it mean to us?

March 21, 2016

By Sue Pittock, Chief Executive Officer of Remit Group 

Last week’s National Apprenticeship Week gave us the opportunity to promote and push apprenticeships to our key audiences and the chance to reflect on some of our successes over the past year, not least the fantastic apprenticeship scheme we run alongside Starbucks UK.

Since launching the programme with Remit four years ago, Starbucks has now taken on more than 1,000 apprentices across the UK. Working collaboratively with such a supportive employer has meant 80% of young people starting a Starbucks apprenticeship have completed their full training and still remain in the business – for such an often transient industry, these are phenomenal figures.

For me, it’s the career progression stories that really hit home. Across the scheme, one in five apprentices have achieved a promotion at work, with 20% of Level 2 Baristas being promoted to supervisory roles and 23% of Level 3 Management apprentices promoted to store managers.

We’re incredibly proud of the role we’ve played in delivering this programme, as well as many others like it across the country, and look forward to continuing to support Starbucks to reach its target of taking on yet another 1,000 apprentices by 2020.

Over the course of National Apprenticeship Week we met with hundreds of young people out at careers fairs across the Midlands, Essex, Kent and Leeds and engaged with our own learners through the return of our #LookAtMeNow campaign.

In the Midlands we invited some school students from Nottinghamshire to our Rearsby training centre and Nottingham offices to learn more about our IT and automotive apprenticeship opportunities.

This wasn’t just a chance to sit and talk to young people, it was a hands-on experience, learning about the actual jobs our apprentices do every day. And who better to work with these young people than former apprentices themselves?

Those working with the students from the Ellis Guilford School in Nottingham, had all at some point been apprentices themselves. They know what it’s like to be an apprentice and have been able to share their positive experiences, which I hope has had a real impact on those taking part.

A large number of our employees were once apprentices and represent the opportunities for progression and positive career paths in the industries they work in. As a major training provider, we have always felt that this level of understanding and empathy can make a real difference to not only training and supporting apprentices, but to ensuring they work hard, complete their qualifications and further succeed and add value to their employers.

Shane Kelleher-Tate (Apprentice Development Coach – Remit Training) with Ellis Guildford School year 10’s and their teacher Mr Digi