THE VALUE to employers of apprenticeships is being demonstrated by the success of a Stafford-based business.
Stafford and Rural Homes is working with a number of local youngsters to help them develop skills, gain crucial work experience and a recognised qualification.
The company has created a number of initiatives to help develop youngsters in the borough, including work experience opportunities, apprenticeships and placements for unemployed 16-24 year olds.
Training mainly takes place on the job, but they also attend college or can be assessed online and at the workplace to enable them to obtain a vocational qualification.
Several have become full time employees as a result of their completed apprenticeships.
Kieran Peake joined SARH in 2011 as an apprentice and has now successfully completed his Level 2 NVQ in plumbing and is also an ambassador for company, having represented SARH at an awards event with chief executive Karen Armitage.
Rebecca Husselbee joined the company in March 2013 as an apprentice in business administration. She is now a permanent member of staff working as a technical assistant.
Martin Sawyer also joined as an apprentice in business administration, in August 2012. Prior to that was a volunteer with the Prince's Trust.
He is now a permanent member of staff and has recently been promoted to programme planner.
The company has also worked in partnership with the Shaw Trust over the last year and a half to give unemployed youngsters between the ages of 16-24 the opportunity to gain work experience and skills.
The scheme has proved to be very successful, with several young people securing both permanent and apprenticeship roles with SARH.