As a busy growing business we recruit for staff in a wide range of roles and at all levels within the business. One approach to recruitment which we believe in wholeheartedly at Sterling is apprenticeship schemes.
Within the business at the moment we have 10 apprentices who are all gaining real, practical experience in the workplace whilst training towards qualifications which will help them progress in their careers.
We offer apprenticeships in a range of business areas including sales, finance, expenses, payroll and commercial compliance.
The apprenticeship schemes offer many advantages for businesses as well as for the apprentices involved. We have found it is a great way to recruit new talent. The funding available allows us to take on individuals who may not necessarily have relevant experience but have the enthusiasm and attitude required to succeed. Through the scheme we know that those individuals will receive the relevant training they need along with practical experience.
Our apprentices come from a range of backgrounds; some have qualifications in other fields such as childcare, acting or personal training. Most have some form of work experience but often this is also in unrelated areas and an apprenticeship can be the perfect platform for someone to change career, try something new, gain employment without previous experience or establish themselves on a clear career path in a particular area of the business.
Here are just a few examples of our current apprentices.
Monika Kazokaite was previously working as a sales assistant in a fast food restaurant. She joined Sterling as a Finance Apprentice in February 2017. Monika recently completed her AAT Level 2 Accounting and is continuing her studies in accounting and finance by working toward her AAT Level 3 as part of her apprenticeship.
Rhiannon Gwilliam will be the next apprentice to join our team and is swapping an outdoor classroom for the office. Her most recent role was as a Forest School Practitioner/Teaching Assistant so Rhiannon is embarking on a complete career change as an Expenses Apprentice. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Business Administration.
Dominic Jones joined us at the beginning of the year as a Sales Apprentice. Prior to starting his apprenticeship at Sterling he had experience of labouring, customer service and work as a sales assistant.
In an ideal world an apprentice will progress through the scheme and stay with the business as they progress through their career. Kelsey Naylor is a great example; she joined us as a Sales Apprentice and came to us with a qualification in childcare as well as experience working in a nursery. She has worked hard throughout her apprenticeship and has recently been promoted to a role as Sales Advisor.