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500th apprentice to study with REC’s IRP

The REC has announced its 500th apprentice who will undertake a recruitment apprenticeship through its Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP), which was launched in 2013. 


Rebekah Mayes, the 500th apprentice, who will work for Miller Group in Northern Ireland, is training with apprenticeship provider, People 1st.


Mayes commented, “To anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship in recruitment I say go for it. It’s an excellent way to build the foundations for a varied and rewarding career. I learn more about recruitment every day from working in the office and I’ve been supported by a fantastic team at Miller Group.”


REC chief executive, Kevin Green, said, “Recruitment is growing rapidly and as an industry we need to focus on attracting more young people to our fantastic profession. We’ve reached a great milestone with our 500th apprentice, but now we need to bring in even greater numbers. The REC will do our part, but we want every one of our corporate members to take responsibility and provide more opportunities to young people. Let’s be more vocal about the benefits on offer with a career in recruitment. If young people are prepared to work hard they can have a rewarding career helping to transform lives.”


Apprenticeships have become a feature for organisation in a range of industries. According to government data, 82% of UK employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their business.


Of the employers who have taken on an apprentice: 


  • 88% believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 75% say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs
  • 80% say that apprentices will play a bigger part in their future recruitment policy
  • 80% feel that apprentices reduce staff turnover
  • 81% say they make their businesses more productive


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