This National Apprenticeship Week, we’re celebrating all our remarkable apprentices, both past and present, who play such pivotal roles in our business.
We talked to John Hamilton, Director of HR and Supply Chain Management, about the role apprenticeships play within Elecomm.
‘We’ve supported and taken on apprentices for a number of years now, and I really can’t overstate their importance to us. They were invaluable to us as a business prior to being levy payers, and now that we are levy payers, it’s even more important to ensure that we use the levy payments and reinvest them back into training, learning & development for our colleagues.’
‘We have apprentices in the Data/IT Services team, as well as Electrical, and we’re currently expanding this to include Mechanical.’
‘However, we also have colleagues completing apprenticeship training in a number of other departments ranging from business admin, accountancy and Human Resources to Building Services Engineering and Quantity Surveying. In fact, I’d estimate that around 50% of Elecomm staff have undergone some training via the apprenticeship route.’
Lexie Bensley joined Elecomm as Supply Chain Apprentice. She has progressed so well in the role that she’s now been promoted to Supply Chain Administrator, with greater responsibility in procurement. To backfill her post, we’ve actually taken on another Supply Chain Apprentice, Lottie Smith, to free Lexie’s time up to concentrate on her progressive role. And in fact, Lexie herself actually replaced Elisha Brogan using the apprenticeship route! Lexie commented:
‘The apprenticeship was a fantastic opportunity which has since opened the door to further career progression within Elecomm. I’m pleased to work for a company that values its people and has such a strong commitment to learning and development.’
The final word goes to John:
‘At Elecomm, we value apprenticeships and actively use and promote them. They’re now ingrained in our business and this will continue long into the future. We foster a culture of continuous learning and development, and working closely with our training providers, apprenticeships are a key part of our overall strategy.’