A computer animation graduate has achieved her dream of working in the fashion industry following a Jobs Growth Wales placement which has helped transform a Cardiff based business.
In just five months, Kadesha Affrica Drija has used her technical skills to help Blue Honey Vintage clothing shop in the city’s High Street Arcade begin selling online through the company’s first website.
Steve Doyle, our managing director discusses how to optimise your employees’ skills and harness their potential through effective, targeted training.
In a rapidly evolving economy, businesses are continually being challenged to make sure teams have the right expertise, competency and skills to deliver.
Ceri Murphy, our Managing Director looks at the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and shares insights into the positive impact apprenticeships can have on businesses:
Currently 250,000 businesses across the country offer apprenticeship schemes, and with the Government hoping to create three million more placements with funds from the new Apprenticeship Levy the number is only going to rise.
Itec Skills & Employment working alongside The Vine Trust has recruited the first ever intake of apprentices to be hosted by IKEA in Cardiff.
Dale Edwards, 18, from Llanrumney, Ryan Taylor, 18, from Llanedeyrn, Andrew Boulton, 20, from Barry, Jemma Deverell, 22, from Barry, and Tyrell Mottram, 21, from Ely, will complete retail apprenticeships with the Swedish giant. They will receive regular training and support in-store from one of Itec’s specialist assessors, based at their headquarters on nearby Penarth Road.
There are a number of business benefits when choosing to invest in your staff, here are Itec’s top 5 reasons to develop your current workforce.
1. Improve Staff Morale and Promote Job Satisfaction
Training within the workplace encourages your employees to take an active interest in their own development and helps them to progress in their current job role. It demonstrates to your workers that you value them and encourages loyalty to your organisation and improves staff self-esteem.
When Ryan first joined Itec on the Traineeship programme in July 2013 he struggled with personal issues that made it very difficult for him to hold down a job. However, through sheer willpower and with support from his tutor he broke out of this downward spiral and sought a chance to prove himself.
In February 2014 he progressed onto the Level 1 Customer Service programme and secured a place at the Eden Centre, an indoor active children’s play area in Aberbeeg, Blaenau Gwent. He impressed his employer Peter Jones to the extent that he was offered a Jobs Growth Wales position after his traineeship placement ended.
Caerphilly-based brewery company The Celt Experience, took on an Apprentice through Itec. Christian Ebeling, is now studying for a Level 2 apprenticeship in Performing Manufacturing Operations after having dropped out of sixth form at 17.
The apprenticeship programme at The Celt Experience was specially tailored by Itec to include developing skills in team working and problem solving, and Christian’s qualifications are being earned via on-the-job observations and support from Itec’s specialist assessors.
Did you know that Itec Skills and Employment is the largest provider of Jobs Growth Wales (JGW)?
We are currently working with around 300 SME’s and we urge other businesses to take up this year’s allocation before the 31st March deadline.
Hiring an apprentice in your business? Here are six ways you can both benefit from the relationship
(1) Do it for the right reasons
A business may form an apprenticeship programme for a corporate social responsibility initiative. However, this should not be the sole reason to recruit apprentices. Instead, think about the new skills you need for your business, and how you can grow and nurture talent within it. Ultimately, this is an investment and should carefully align with your company vision.
Rhys Lloyd, who suffers with dyslexia, left school early with no qualifications. For several years his attempts to find regular work were held back by his struggles with Mathematics and English.
But a six-month Jobs Growth Wales placement through Cardiff-based learning provider Itec Skills and Employment has given Rhys the chance to turn his life around and he’s now in contention to win a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015.
He is one of three finalists shortlisted in the Jobs Growth Wales Learner of the Year category at the high profile awards ceremony to be held at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on Thursday, October 29.