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Testimonials

Hear from employers and Nescot apprentices.

Suzanne Walsh

Operations and Nursery Manager at Nonsuch Park Forest School

“We love having apprentices, because it’s a great way of continuing to improve our collective skills and expertise. Our apprentices can learn from the expertise of our experienced colleagues, and the whole team benefits from keeping up to date on the latest early years theories and principles. We see apprenticeships as a long-term way of developing staff. We can nurture and mentor our new apprentices, and mold them to fit our ethos, and we can also upskill existing staff too. We’ve been working with Nescot for six years, and we really value their support. We’re in regular contact with the team, and they’re always at the end of the phone when we need them.

“There’s a gap in the market for qualified practitioners in Early Years, so we’re glad to be encouraging new staff into the sector. There is no better job than to be with the children’s smiling faces every day, and it’s so rewarding to be working with these young children who are full of curiosity and hungry to learn. If you’re thinking about starting a career in the Early Years sector then I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship. It’s a great way to get practical experience and getting the underpinning knowledge at the same time.”




Frank Tindle

IT and Facilities Director at Supermassive Games Ltd

"I’ve been working with apprentices for ten years now, and I’d definitely recommend it. Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for someone taking their first step in an industry. They’re also a great way for companies to find new talent, new ideas, and to grow their business. Supermassive Games is growing exponentially, and our apprentices are a key part of that. I’m recruiting an apprentice at the moment, and as always my priority is finding someone with a great attitude. You can always teach someone new technical skills if they are positive, hard-working and interested in people.

The biggest misconception about IT is thinking that it’s all about computers. It isn’t; it’s all about people – listening, understanding people’s problems, and finding solutions for them. It might sound trite, but no two days are the same, and that’s one of the things I love about the industry.

For someone who is thinking about hiring their company’s first apprentice, I would say: It isn’t as complicated as you think. There’s lots of information and support out there, especially from colleges like Nescot. We get a lot of support from Nescot, and they also do a great job supporting our apprentices, too."




Aaron

Level 5 Apprenticeship in Operations Management

“I’ve only been doing my apprenticeship for a few months, but I can already see a lot of changes to my work and my behaviour. I’ve got a lot more self-confidence and self-belief, and I'm more motivated. The course is helping me to understand the business context around me, and through that knowledge I’ve already been able to start making positive changes for my team and the organisation as a whole. It’s giving me the belief in myself that I can effect change, and that’s powerful.

“The structure of the course is well thought-out, and the teaching is great. We do one lesson and one assignment per month, and we get a set of resources to work through. The tutor is great at explaining things, and she always encourages us to relate what we’re learning back to what we’re doing at work and to put it into practice straight away. It’s rewarding to be able to learn a theory, apply it, and see genuine results for my team.

“I hope my experience shows people how versatile apprenticeships are. They’re great for people at the start of a new career, but apprenticeships are just as useful for people who are already in a career and want to progress to the next level. There’s a huge range of subjects and levels, so there’s something for everyone. To anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship, I’d say: you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”




Nadine

Apprenticeship Coordinator at Pimlico

“We’re really serious about apprenticeships, because we see them as a great way to grow our business. We find that our apprentices are open-minded, full of enthusiasm and ready to learn, and we can teach them our way of doing things right from the beginning. At the moment we have 32 staff doing apprenticeships in subjects including Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry and Business Administration. We have really high standards for our apprentices – as well as them having the right GCSE grades we also expect them to have good customer service skills, for example. We typically get up to 200 people applying for each apprenticeship vacancy. When we take on an apprentice it’s definitely with the aim of investing in them for the long term. We have lots of engineers who started as apprentices, and some of them have their own apprentices now. We’re definitely planning to expand the company and to have more apprentices in the future.

“If I could explain one thing about apprenticeships to people, it would be how varied they are. People often think of them as being second-rate, or entry-level, but these days they go up to degree-level in such a range of subjects, and they’re such as great way of getting qualifications and experience at the same time.”