Adecco Group is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, it offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with its clients every day.
Adecco Group launched their apprenticeship scheme in the summer of 2015. The scheme offers two different frameworks, one for recruitment and the other in business administration. It was set up to offer opportunities within the recruitment industry to the large pool of talented young people choosing not to attend university. The scheme is designed to offer apprentices a competitive salary in a fun working environment, coupled with an industry-specific qualification and first class training. In return, the business benefits from a new engaged, innovative, forward thinking workforce who provide a pipeline of talent into recruitment and resourcing roles at the end of their apprenticeships.
The Group has traditionally looked to fill entry-level roles with graduates or “second-jobbers”, but with the launch of the sector specific recruitment apprenticeship, they saw this as a great new way to develop their talent of the future and it also dovetails very well with their other entry-level offerings.
Thirty two young people from across the UK had joined the apprenticeship scheme by the end of 2015, with another 50 places created for this year.
Graham Jones, member of Adecco UK and Ireland’s Board of Directors, said:
“As a recruitment company, we know just how important it is that young people gain valuable business experience early on, developing skills that British employers value and need. Recent research we conducted with INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute highlights that Britain risks falling behind in the global race if it doesn’t invest in employable, vocational skills.
“This is why we are delighted to see the Government reiterating its commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships will not just open new opportunities to young people in the world of work, they are also key to Britain’s success.”
Jack Bodycombe, one of Adecco Group’s apprentices, is a clear example of the scheme’s success so far:
“I joined the apprentice scheme as from a young age, I wanted to go to work rather than go to university. I’ve had a great experience since starting my career in recruitment, from dealing with queries or complaints to making someone’s day when delivering the news that they were successful and got a new job. I’ve enjoyed every day that I’ve worked so far as a candidate consultant and I was delighted to get the chance to meet the Prime Minister in January at a reception to celebrate apprentices. It’s an evening I won’t forget!”
Think apprentices could help boost your business? For help and advice on getting started, contact the National Apprenticeship Service:
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