I feel like I can achieve so much more now. There were times I didn’t think I would make it but I did and now I know I can do what I want if I put my mind to it. I’m at university now and have a whole year of work experience. No one else my age can say that.
My work placement has been extremely fun and rewarding and the programme has already given me some early career potential with my company. The qualification I am doing compliments my role and I’ve been fortunate enough to gain a lot of experience. I’m grateful to be in such a great position at 18 years old.
We have found Step Forward to be a really efficient and effective way for us to recruit high calibre apprentices who are ready to learn and work. If you are looking to take on apprentices then I can strongly recommend working with Step Forward.
Our apprentice has been able to hit the ground running and Step Forward was a great help throughout the hiring process. Of the five potential candidates we interviewed we really could have hired almost any of them. Their vetting process ensures a really high standard.
It has been fantastic to give opportunities to young people starting out on the career ladder. The personal development we have seen has been impressive; it’s great to see them grow as leaders, manage projects and become responsible young adults. We can’t wait to see them shine in their futures.
As an employer, we benefit from having enthusiastic apprentices that are keen to learn and can pass on new things that they are learning from their training to ensure that we are kept up to date with the latest trends. Businesses benefit from the innovation and new ideas that a diverse team bring and we love hearing the perspectives of the apprentices.
My self-esteem, confidence and capability boomed under the guidance of my employer and the year I worked for them was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I also want to thank Step Forward as without the apprenticeship scheme, I wouldn’t have been able to have this opportunity to begin with.
Working with Step forward to build our apprenticeship programme has been a huge success. It has allowed us to connect with bright, motivated and enthusiastic students and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.