Apprentices rise to speed date challenge
Past and present Apprentices at Midland Heart have been busy celebrating national Apprenticeship Week’s 10th anniversary by hosting a student speed dating event at our head office.
13 Students from South and City College had three minute dates with apprentices from Midland Heart who shared their experiences and provided a candid overview of the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship.
Each student could ask an apprentice two questions during the two-hour event, which formed part of a day’s activities held at the organisation’s head office.
Paul Glanville a brand new apprentice lettings officer performed a rap he had written to encourage others to consider an apprenticeship, whilst Midland Heart’s apprenticeship team were on hand to provide information on its current apprenticeship programme, existing vacancies and the different type of roles available.
Bal Kang, Director of HR at Midland Heart, says: “Midland Heart has always been committed to providing alternative routes to employment through its apprenticeship schemes. We are committed to growing our own talent and see apprenticeships as a critical route to enable us to do that.
“Apprenticeships vary from company to company, but we provide a mentored path to enable individuals to develop practical skills with vocational qualifications. We also provide secondments within various departments so the apprentices have access to a range of potential positions within the company.
“The speed dating event was designed as a fun and casual introduction to apprenticeships and it has been a huge success. Not everyone thinks about an apprenticeship as a viable option to work, but the benefits are huge. The combination of work based experience along with relevant qualifications are invaluable for employers and the great deal for apprentices is that they get paid whilst doing both. So it’s a win, win all round.
“Every apprentice has a different experience and story to tell, giving the students a real flavour of what they could expect if they did decide an apprenticeship was the route they wanted to take.”
Midland Heart will be one of the 2% of employers who will contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy which comes into force in April 2017 and is launching a new apprenticeship scheme to coincide with the Levy’s launch.
Over the past 10 years Midland Heart has worked with over 35 individuals, many of which have secured permanent positions internally. It currently employs seven apprentices across a range of departments, including HR, property care and its rental and lettings team.
Kane Landell from South and City College, said: “Today has really opened my eyes to the range of different roles and opportunities that are available. All of the people here had such different experiences but have all been successful in their apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is something I will definitely be looking at for the future.”
In addition to the speed dating event, Midland Heart will also be hosting a ‘talk time’ session for its customers and individuals interested in starting an apprenticeship with the local colleges and its contractors on Tuesday 7th March.
Watch Paul's rap encouraging others to consider an apprenticeship and read his story here.