In a picturesque setting at the Refectory at Norwich Cathedral, an enlightening evening unfolded this week, at the Employer Networking Meeting, hosted by Apprenticeships Norfolk. The gathering brought together local businesses keen on exploring the world of apprenticeships.
Estee Ross, our HR Director, was invited to share her experiences along with Sophie Gray from Aviva in the realm of apprenticeships. The night was fantastic, as we delved into the many facets of apprenticeships, dispelling myths and celebrating the true value they bring to both employers and apprentices alike.
As we are an SME based in Norfolk that has hired apprentices for many years, the event was a great platform for us to shed light on apprenticeship recruitment, support, and retention – areas where we consistently strive for excellence. One of the most impactful segments of her presentation was when she debunked several persistent myths surrounding apprenticeships.
Myth: “Apprenticeships are for people who don’t do well at school.”
Estee highlighted that apprenticeships are not a refuge for academic underachievers but rather a dynamic pathway to acquire practical skills, knowledge, and qualifications.
Myth: “Apprentices are only used for cheap labour.”
This misconception was swiftly dispelled as Estee emphasised the symbiotic relationship between employers and apprentices. Apprenticeships are a strategic investment, benefiting both parties as apprentices contribute meaningfully to the workforce while honing their skills.
Myth: “Apprenticeships don’t lead to good qualifications.”
Contrary to this belief, Estee showcased how apprenticeships offer a structured framework for learning and development, culminating in valuable qualifications that enhance career prospects.
The Employer Networking Meeting was a testament to the collaborative spirit that thrives in the Norfolk business community. Through insightful discussions and shared experiences, attendees gained a deeper understanding of the pivotal role apprenticeships play in shaping a skilled and motivated workforce.
We extend our gratitude to Apprenticeships Norfolk for hosting this event and for providing a platform for open dialogue.
Attendees left the Employer Networking Meeting with a renewed commitment to fostering apprenticeships, knowing that they are a driving force behind innovation, growth, and success in the modern workforce.