Blazing A Trail At Nasstar - National Apprenticeship Week 2019
In news / By Charlotte Tobulevicius / 01 March 2019
Monday 4th March marks the start of the 12th National Apprenticeship Week, with businesses up and down the country celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Blaze a trail’.
As a company, we took on our first apprentice in 2016, with the second in November 2017. We’re already seeing some of the benefits of the scheme for both the business and our current apprentice, Conner Rowley.
Conner is currently working through his 15-month programme at our Telford HQ. As with many apprenticeships, Conner completes both on-the-job training in the office and off-the-job block release training with our apprenticeship provider, Arch Apprentices.
As part of the programme, he works across various departments of the business to gain a wider variety and understanding of the business. We have found that this method of learning is highly beneficial for establishing Conner’s future career prospects and where he would be best placed in a full-time role.
Stephen Peak is Conner’s current line manager, so we asked him how he thinks having an apprentice has benefitted the company, he said: “The ultimate goal of the Nasstar apprenticeship scheme is to find good young people with the right attitude and the potential to nurture into stars of the future.
“In Conner, we found such a person. We're an organisation with a diverse range of skill sets underpinning it and whilst Conner is no longer working in the department he started his apprenticeship in, we identified the need for this early on and tailored the situation to play to his strengths; to the benefit of both Nasstar and Conner. We have no doubt that Conner can go on and embark on a successful career at Nasstar”.
When asked about his apprenticeship and future career at Nasstar, Conner said: “With my time as an apprentice coming to an end, I can wholeheartedly say that it was a good decision to join Nasstar as an apprentice. Nasstar has continually provided support and assistance when needed, and never fails to recognise and reward achievement.
“Nasstar strives to look after and provide for its employees and I’m happy to say this is 100% true. The whole team welcomed me into the family in November 2017, supporting my transition from a school environment to a working one. In this time, I have learnt and built many skills, all thanks to the great team at Nasstar and I really can’t thank them enough.”
At Nasstar, we want our apprentices to become a fully-fledged employee from day one, and as such we treat them like one. We offer competitive rates of pay above the national minimum wage, with regular salary increases as the programme continues. We also have our very own Apprenticeships Charter.
The Apprenticeships Charter outlines our pledge to the apprentice, as well as what the apprentice can expect from us in terms of pay, training, development, promotions, benefits and career advancements. We guarantee that there will be a permanent position available to the apprentice, following successful completion of their apprenticeship.
IT is such a diverse, progressive industry and we have many opportunities available to the right candidates who want to progress in this sector. Many of our current staff have worked their way up from support roles to management positions, through our ongoing commitment to training and development.
We really believe in the benefits of training and supporting employees to progress in their career and move forward, we are hoping to employ more apprenticeships who are eager to blaze a trail in their own IT career.
If you’re looking to move into a career in IT, get in touch today to find out what positions we have available to you.