Adecco Group has welcomed the Government’s plans to invest in apprenticeships, as participants on the Group’s apprenticeship scheme visited Downing Street.
The Government’s plans were announced on Monday 18 January at a Downing Street reception hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Sajid Javid.
Adecco Group was represented at the event by Shayma Tai, 20, and Jack Bodycombe, 19, who joined the Group’s apprenticeship scheme last year.
Adecco Group launched their apprenticeship scheme in the summer of 2015. The scheme offers two different frameworks, one for recruitment and the other in business administration.
During the year-long scheme, apprentices work across Adecco Group’s twelve brands. During this time they also study towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), taking part in webinars and completing tutor-led work before taking a formal exam after six to seven months of studies.
32 young people from across the UK had joined the apprenticeship scheme by the end of 2015, with another 50 places created for 2016.
Graham Jones, Group HR Director and member of the Board of Directors, Adecco Group UK and Ireland, said:
“As a recruitment company, we know just how important it is that young people gain valuable business experience early on, developing skills that British employers value and need. Recent research conducted by Adecco Group together with INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute also highlights that Britain risks falling behind in the global race if it doesn’t invest in employable, vocational skills.
“This is why we are delighted to see the Government reiterating its commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships will not just open new opportunities to young people in the world of work, they are also key to Britain’s success.”
Jack Bodycombe, one of the Adecco Group apprentices who attended the Downing Street reception, said:
“I joined the apprentice scheme as from a young age I had wanted to go to work rather than go on to university. I have had a great experience since starting my career in recruitment, from dealing with queries to making someone’s day when delivering the news that they were successful and got a new job. I have enjoyed every day I have worked so far as a candidate consultant and I was delighted to get the chance to meet the Prime Minister last night at a reception to celebrate apprentices. It is an evening I won’t forget.”