It's National Apprenticeship Week, so we thought we'd try and shed some light on what it's like to be an apprentice at TC Harrison.
We asked Ryan, our Systems Administrator, about all things Apprentice. We also caught up with Matt, our Head of Marketing, to get his views on the benefits of the TC Harrison Apprenticeship Scheme.
Ryan proves there are no age limits to Apprentices, and is using his apprenticeship to retrain in Systems after starting his career at TCH Leasing within our Maintenance department.
What Apprenticeship are you studying and who is it with?
Ryan said: “Level 4 Quality Practitioner with Clear Quality in Rotherham.”
How has your apprenticeship helped to train / upskill you?
Ryan: “This apprenticeship helps me support the management of the ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations within TCH Leasing. This means that I have the skills, tools and resources to drive forward better standards of quality work. This, in turn, will demonstrate to customers and stakeholders our commitment to meeting these standards and striving for continuous improvement.”
How has apprenticeship training benefitted you?
Ryan: “The apprenticeship has benefited me as I am learning valuable and transferable skills. Agreeing to completing the apprenticeship also demonstrates that I am committed to the business and the future development of the company, whilst also showing that I am passionate about moving my career forwards with TCH Leasing.”
How has apprenticeship training benefitted your organisation?
Matt said: "Without apprenticeships we could have a massive skills shortage, particularly in our engineering and service technician departments of our JCB and Ford operations. Growing and developing our teams via apprenticeships is a cost effective solution to adding new skills in and giving our apprentices a career-based life skill."
Have you noticed any changes to your business or staff since investing in apprenticeships?
Matt: "Our apprenticeships offer unique perspectives on a lot of the day-to-day workings of our entire business. A lot of companies can become complacent in their operations, but having apprentices asking questions gives our teams opportunities to rethink how they do things.”