Apprenticeships are work based training programmes that are a mixture of employment and college or private provider training. Here at G M Treble, Apprenticeships have helped many of our staff reach their full potential & become valuable members of the team.
We are passionate supporters of encouraging young people to gain valuable skills in the workplace whilst gaining nationally recognised training and qualifications. This enables Apprentices to gain a positive first step on to the career ladder.
Josh Mason, former Apprentice and now Technical Sales Engineer, was one of our first Apprentices at G M Treble. He shares his view:
Apprenticeships are a great pathway to get in to the real world of work. The idea of learning whilst earning is what appealed to me after leaving school.
A balance of first-hand work and studying was a great blend to develop basic skills into more advanced skills.
Although learning for years at college/university maybe great long term, getting straight into work as an apprentice gives you that experience you can take with you for future development.
I would definitely recommend apprenticeships, especially for those hungry to get into a working environment.
Charmaine Dixon is another apprentice at G M Treble. She started with us last year and is currently studying towards Level 2 AAT Apprenticeship. She shares her experience as the first apprentice in our accounts department:
I was 16 when I started to apply for apprenticeships; I knew what kind of area I wanted to go into and so when I saw the ad for an accounts apprentice I applied. It wasn’t long before I got a call from a lady called Tracey who invited me for an interview. It was later that week when I got invited for a second interview, the day after I got offered the role.
Tracey is now my manager which is great! She guides me throughout my continuing role as an apprentice, the team I work with are great too. They understand that I’m learning and continuously help me to succeed. I also go to college every Thursday where I study Level 2 Accounting. I’m supported by work with this, if I am stuck on something at college my manager, director or colleagues will clarify things for me. It’s great because what I learn at college comes into the practice here at G M Treble. It’s extremely beneficial being an apprentice as you can gain qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience.
I’ve also learnt a lot more social conduct at work which I wouldn’t learn at college e.g. how to act and speak to people on the phone.
I would defiantly encourage people to do apprenticeships as they are rewarding in so many ways. G M Treble seem to be a Company that actually cares about its apprentices and wants them to do well, and doesn’t treat them as amateurs or just someone to do all the menial jobs, but actually give them “proper” work to do.
Stuart Tomlinson, Sales Office Manager, oversees all apprentices at G M Treble. He shares his views as part of the #WorksForMe movement:
Our group of apprentices have predominantly been young people in the early stages of their careers and they have subsequently brought new energy and enthusiasm to the company. Existing experienced staff have also benefited in developing their own skills and confidence as they impart their knowledge to the newer recruits. An apprentice program helps the business to plan by developing skills that the match the company’s future needs.
Stuart further explains what opportunities and potential roles that are available to our apprentices & what they can progress onto. G M Treble support their apprentices entirely in which path they choose to take following their course:
This long term approach has resulted in our group of Administration & Engineering apprentices attaining a varied array of roles within the organisation including: Reception, Sales Admin., Technical Sales, Accounts, Service Engineer and even a Personal Assistant to the Directors! The overall impact on the organisation has been really positive and the programme hailed as a huge success. We will continue to offer apprenticeships as the business grows and where subsequent opportunities arise. Well done to all our apprentices.
Over the past 6 years, G M Treble have appointed 8 apprentices who have become vital members of the team and the company will continue to offer more opportunities to young people as the business grows.
Click here to see how you can get involved in National Apprenticeship Week 2018.