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Employers

Apprenticeships ensure your workforce will learn the very skills you need them to have, bringing immediate benefits to your business and ensuring your teams feel valued by your willingness to invest in their development.

Stage One

At the start of the 2016/17 academic year, Stage One, the creative construction, manufacture and engineering company in Tockwith has welcomed six new apprentices to their fold.

Julie Scholefield, HR Manager at Stage One, says: “Due to individual projects and the nature of our business, staff tend to progress through the company, meaning that promotion from within has almost always provided the best solution to the company’s recruitment needs. In recent years, Stage One has grown significantly and there is a real need to formalise our recruitment process by working with a local training provider.”

Stage One has worked closely with the Business Development Unit at York College to find the appropriate candidates, as well as the right training and assessment. The new apprentices will study a formal apprenticeship qualification; Harry Smith, Jack Davy and Will Fuller-McMillan will study an apprenticeship in bench joinery, Lewis Hyland and Jake Braithwaite will study engineering and Sarah Parkes will study a business administration apprenticeship programme. In addition, York College is currently recruiting for a painting and decorating apprentice.

Julie says: “We worked closely with the Business Development Unit at York College over a number of months. Planning for the future of our business is very important to us and we knew we wanted to offer formal apprenticeships with recognised training and qualifications. The team’s knowledge of courses and relevant qualifications helped us build the right packages of training and assessment for all our apprenticeships across business administration, wood working and metal working. The team then helped with the advertising and recruitment process, taking control of the initial sorting and grading of the applications to ensure we found the appropriate calibre of candidate. Working with the team was great. They took on much of the time consuming leg work on our behalf, but their knowledge and advice also helped us ensure that we’re planning for the future of our business in the right way.

As a business with broad recruitment requirements covering multiple disciplines, we’ve found their support and knowledge of training and qualifications invaluable. At the moment we have a very small HR team and a business that is growing, with demands for new recruits in many departments. Succession planning is an important aspect of our long-term strategy at Stage One and our excellent working relationship with the Business Development Team contributes a great deal to the sustainability of our business over the coming years. It’s great to work with a local training provider who understands our future needs.”

Stage One six apprentices

Lambert Engineering

Read about the successful working relationship the College has with Lambert Engineering in Tadcaster

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(Feature courtesy of The Press, York)


Students

Every year hundreds of students of all ages gain qualifications at various levels as part of their Apprenticeship organised by York College. For many, these qualifications are life-changing events, enabling new careers to begin, raising self-esteem and helping the students to earn and support themselves as they learn vital new skills.

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