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Stafforce celebrates commitment to Apprenticeships

Stafforce celebrates commitment to Apprenticeships

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (11-15th March), recruitment specialist and Apprenticeship Training Academy Stafforce, is celebrating appointing five apprentices to full time positions over this last few months and recruiting a further two new apprentices, demonstrating how it & lsquo;practices what it preaches’ to employers across the country.

This includes Ethan Allen being appointed as ICT support assistant in Sheffield, Chloe Sanders is now a recruitment administrator in the Rotherham office, Libby Shreeve has become recruitment administrator in Hull, Amy Louise Bundy has been appointed resourcer in Grimsby, Tom Sadeghi as technical recruitment support in Bradford and Kerry Hewitt now has a full time position as recruitment administrator in the Hull office. In addition, Danny Faulkner and Kerry Hewitt are the latest new apprentices to be appointed by the company. Danny joins Stafforce’s Central Sales team in Sheffield as apprentice telesales executive and Kerry is supporting the Hull team. Both are undertaking an Apprenticeship in Business & Adminstration.

Ian Anderson, chief executive of Stafforce, said: “We strongly believe in Apprenticeships as the route to future business success for an organisation – it is certainly a route we use in our own business too.  Apprenticeships work because employers get individuals they can mould and shape within their organisation, giving them a great foundation to become future stars.”

Danny Faulkner, apprentice telesales executive at Stafforce in Sheffield, said: “I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and have learnt lots of new skills already.  It’s great to be part of a company which invests in developing its apprentices, it makes me feel a really valued member of the team.”

Chris Myers, recently promoted to head of shared services at Stafforce in Sheffield, recruited Ethan Allen as an apprentice ICT support assistant and has first hand experience of the value of apprenticeships.  Chris said: “I started out as an IT apprentice myself 14 years ago and it helped me get to where I am today.  It is great to be able to offer an opportunity to someone like Ethan, whohas now completed his Apprenticeship and I look forward to seeing him progress and develop his career in the business. Ethan will now continue learning through Stafforce’s own in-house Academy for developing its staff.”

Since Stafforce launched the Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy and was awarded Apprenticeship Training Academy (ATA) status by the National Apprenticeship Service back in November, the company has seen significant growth and demand for apprentices from employers across a number of sectors.  The ATA model is proving popular as it provides support for employers, as well as apprentices, whilst reducing businesses’ risks and making the whole process of recruiting, developing and supporting an apprentice much more straightforward.

Jacqueline Lovewell, head of Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy “It is no surprise that employers are turning to the ATA model to recruit their apprentices. Recent research by the EEF (Engineers Employers’ Federation) found that over three quarters of companies believe that Apprenticeships make them more competitive and more productive, which our experience certainly shows to be true.  Because of our expertise in recruitment, we can match the right people with the right opportunities and cancreate a match that works both for the employer and the apprentice.  Employers also like the fact that we have extensive experience in apprenticeships and learning and development and can be completely impartial when it comes to recommending the most suitable training providers.”

As one of few ATA providers across the country and the only one to have a dedicated recruitment side to its business, Stafforce is able to service employer recruitment needs bottom-up and top-down.

With the ATA model, apprentices are directly employed by Stafforce.  Stafforce’s team listens to employer’s needs, supports them in advertising placement opportunities via the National Apprenticeship Service and then helps sift and screen applicants for suitability, drawing on more than 35 years’ experience in the recruitment industry.  The company then provides the successful applicants with an Apprentice Agreement.  This makes the whole process much more straightforward for the employer and it allows the host employer to engage with an apprentice without directly employing them. 

The Stafforce Academy provides full pastoral care for the apprentice and works with high quality training providers and colleges across the UK to ensure that its apprentices receive the very best training.

Stafforce as a business employs 155 people and the Apprenticeship team has more than 100 years of experience between them in learning, skills and apprenticeships. 

The Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy is part of the broader Stafforce Personnel business and operates throughout the UK, specialising in food and drink, manufacturing, engineering and the oil and gas sector.The academy is already working with 77 apprentices and 16 host employers, including Total and PX Ltd.


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