National Apprenticeship Week 2020
In news / By Charlotte Tobulevicius / 31 January 2020
The 13th National Apprenticeship Week will take part from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th February, with businesses across the country celebrating the theme for this year: ‘Look Beyond’.
At Nasstar, we took on our first apprentice in 2016, with the second joining us at the end of 2017 and we’re continuing to see the huge benefits that the scheme has for our business.
Being a Nasstar Apprentice
Last year, we shone a spotlight on our apprentice, Conner Rowley, so we thought it would be a good time to check in with his progress to see how he’s getting on.
Conner is currently nearing the end of his programme at our Telford HQ, with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2020. As with most apprenticeships in our industry, Conner is completing both on-the-job and off-the-job training with our apprenticeship provider, Arch Apprentices.
During his time as an apprentice, Conner has worked across various departments of the business in order to gain a wider understanding of our organisation. For us, this method of learning is far more beneficial as it has helped us to establish Conner’s future career prospects and where he would be best suited for a full-time role.
Conner is currently working in a Junior Developer role within the Continual Service Improvement team, having made the move there from the 1st Line Support team. This is a significant move and is generally considered more of a step up in terms of progression. Conner was moved into this role after we spotted great potential and skill in his development, alongside his desire to learn more about this career path.
Colin Bridle is Conner’s current line manager, so we asked him how he thinks having an apprentice has benefited 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.
“Conner continues to improve his knowledge and experience while completing his apprenticeship. The projects he is currently working on will have an impact across the business and he is learning from his interactions with other teams as well as improving his technical skills."
At Nasstar, we want our apprentices to become fully-fledged employees from the day they start, and as such we treat them like one. We do this in several ways, from offering the same culture as they would experience if they were employed as a permanent member of staff to providing 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.
Nasstar Apprenticeships Charter
‘Apprentice’ is a broad term and many businesses have different takes on what it really means. We wanted to avoid any confusion for Nasstar apprentices and so we created our own Apprenticeships Charter.
The Apprenticeships Charter outlines our pledge to the apprentice, as well as what the apprentice can expect from us in relation to their pay, training, development, promotions, benefits and career advancement. We also 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 often have a range of 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. 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.