North East Business Awards celebrate regional Apprenticeship success
MyFirmsApp were delighted to be finalists in the North East Business Apprenticeship Award, held at the Olympia Building, Teeside University last night.
Staged by The Gazette and The Journal, and supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority, the evening provided a celebration of our area and the local businesses that continue to drive growth and success in the marketplace.
With a cluster of award categories displaying the vision of the North East Business community, we were recognised among other local firms, Cornerstone Business Solutions, and the winner, Espresso Web, for our on-the-job training and skill implementation of Apprentices.
Apprenticeship scheme driving internal growth
We now have three young professionals undertaking their apprenticeships, and with our graduated apprentices now in full-time roles and continuing to hold the scheme as a vital component in our recruitment strategy and developing our workforce.
CEO Joel Oliver believes apprentices bring a range of benefits to an organisation, including a sense of creativity unspoiled by a corporate outlook or agenda, a willingness to learn, tech-savviness and long-term loyalty.
“We value our apprentices so highly that we ensure each one is placed into a role that directly shapes our shared future,” he says.
Among the recent crop of apprentices to join MyFirmsApp is 19-year-old Ben Hardy, who saw the apprenticeship offering as a route into an exciting career in software development.
Already managing a team of six, Ben says: “I chose to do an apprenticeship because I was put off by the cost of university and didn’t think it was worth the outcome. A degree these days is fast becoming meaningless and a lot more companies are now looking for work experience above all else.
“Apprenticeships help to get young people into work and give them the experience of a job as well as teaching them specific skills. Schools or universities don’t really offer that anymore and, living in a society where everyone is looking for experience. It’s the perfect way to get into a job.”
Fellow MyFirmsApp apprentice Luke Jenkinson is already well on the way to a successful career in the technology sector despite being just 16.
He says: “Apprenticeships provide a great experience in a working environment before taking an actual job. Some people may prefer to just get right into work rather than go to college, so this is halfway between the two. There is a really nice environment at the company and I’m doing something I actually want to do.”
Digital Marketing Apprentice Joe Crees, 21, is similarly positive about choosing the apprenticeship route over other options such as higher education.
“MyFirmsApp is a fast growing company with huge potential for the future,” he says. “I don’t know exactly what the future holds but it certainly looks very bright career-wise.”