Clanmil Housing's Apprenticeship Programme
Clanmil introduced their apprenticeship programme as a way of growing talent for the future, as well as giving young people an opportunity to start a career. From day one, the apprentices begin to learn sector specific skills helping them develop specialist knowledge that will enhance their career opportunities in the future.
Tell us about your experience working with Springvale?
We started our apprenticeship programme in January 2015 and partnered with Springvale Learning. As training providers, we’ve found Springvale to be professional and friendly. They helped us through each step of the apprenticeship process, from how to recruit for the posts to meeting up with the apprentices to explain the process and enrol them onto the Apprenticeship Framework.
The trainers meet with our apprentices in our office so there’s minimal disruption to our business operations and they’ve built up a wonderful rapport with them. They’re also always available by phone or email to assist the apprentices through the completion of the learning and development phases.
What benefits are there to the company overall having participated in the ApprenticeshipsNI programme?
In terms of the return on investment, the apprenticeship programme has made a valuable contribution to our business and the apprentices have become integral members of our team, contributing massively to the success of the business.
As a company that is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and has a strong social ethos, we see our investment in recruiting, training and developing apprentices as a further demonstration of our values. The business benefits of building a workforce for the future are also important.
Has the training been beneficial to the team and the various job roles within Clanmil?
The training has been very beneficial for Clanmil. It has provided the apprentices with the skills and knowledge they need to carry out their individual roles. Alongside the internal training and mentoring carried out by our staff, the training has given the apprentices a real insight into how we work.
The ‘on the job’ training helps the apprentices develop the practical skills our business needs to deliver its mission and strategic objectives while the ‘off the job’ training provided by Springvale Learning helps the apprentices understand the world of work, combining practical skills with theoretical knowledge.
Would you recommend this programme and working with Springvale to other employers?
Clanmil Housing have worked with Springvale Learning since it set up its apprenticeship programme. They provide excellent training at our offices and feedback progress of our apprentices on a regular basis. Any support the apprentices need, the trainers always make themselves available and we would rate the service and quality of the training as excellent.
We hope that the apprenticeship programme continues to grow within our business for many years to come and we will continue to develop our working relationship with Springvale Learning when we decide to take on the next apprentice.
November 11th, 2016