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Business & Administration Apprentice, Geoforte, Faversham, Kent
Based in Faversham in Kent Geoforte is a well established Ground Engineering company working for major contractors and clients nationwide.
Lily commenced her apprenticeship with Geoforte in March 2015 she says:
"I found this opportunity by looking on the apprenticeship job website and applying for the vacancy. The main benefits of my apprenticeship are being able to learn job specific skills on the ob whilst I still get the benefit of fortnightly pay. My apprenticeship is very relevant to my job role and I am gaining the relevant skills to work in administration. SEAC and Geoforte work together efficiently and care about my progress."
Heidi, Lily’s manager, also did her apprenticeship via SEAC on placement with Geoforte back into 2011 and was employed by them once she had completed her qualification. Now, in her role of office manager, Heidi told us:
“We wanted to take on someone who could be trained in and offer assistance with all aspects of the business and we also wanted to able to provide a young person with a great opportunity to enter the world of work and allow them to gain experience and knowledge the way I did. SEAC communicated with us throughout the whole process. Our Account Manager kept us updated and put forward some great candidates. We have valued the helpful and friendly staff at SEAC and also the speed and smoothness of the service they provided.”
Liam Cluer and Jake Pardoe
Business Apprentice and Warehouse Operative Apprentice, Rainbo Supplies, Crawley, West Sussex
Rainbo Supplies & Services Ltd is a specialist procurement company working with the oil and gas industry, mining and international aid support and development.
Wendy McDonald – Office Manager says:
“The concept of the SEAC service is excellent; we take them in young and train them in the way that we need them to work.”
She describes the process as “pretty smooth” and says it is up to the individual to decide how best to combine their work for the company with their training for the apprenticeship qualification. A measure of the success of this approach is that most apprentices are offered employment once their apprenticeships are completed.
Two such apprentices are Liam Cluer whose yearlong placement at Rainbo ended in May 2014 with the completion of his full apprenticeship. He was immediately employed by the company full time as a Procurement Specialist.
Jake Pardoe also finished his apprenticeship as a Warehouse Operative in May this year and he too was immediately employed as a full time employee, he is now on a training course for his forklift license.
Liam says of his apprenticeship journey with SEAC:
When I first looked at doing an apprenticeship I wasn’t 100% sure that it was something that I would enjoy or want to complete, but since completing my SEAC Apprenticeship I realised that it was well worth the time and effort I put in. The apprenticeship helped me gain valuable experience within the particular job role I am working in now whilst gaining a qualification in business at the same time.
It opened up a job opportunity that may not have been available without the apprenticeship and one that I am still currently in and enjoying. My tutor was very helpful and worked with me at a pace I was comfortable with and assisted me the whole way through without any issues. The SEAC staff were also very friendly, very understanding and regularly checked in with me to make sure that everything was ok and making sure that I was seeing my tutor regularly and that I was making good progress with my qualification.
The qualifications and experience I gained through the apprenticeship have been a great help to me and something that I am now extremely grateful that I did. I would recommend SEAC and their apprenticeships highly to anyone that is looking into doing one.
Business & Administration Apprentice, Bucks County Council, Buckinghamshire
Megan completed an apprenticeship in Business and Administration with Bucks County Council and this is what she had to say:
"I hadn't done anything like this previously, it was new to me but there were always people to support me. SEAC was very helpful throughout. My Apprenticeship Support Coordinator could be contacted anytime if I had queries or needed guidance. I found working with them very enjoyable. They made my first full time work experience less daunting. Now I am employed by my host organisation in the Human Resources Department as a Learning and Development Assistant."
Supporting Teaching Apprentice, Broadstairs, Kent
Junior began his apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning with SEAC on a placement at a local school in Broadstairs. Junior worked alongside the teachers and other TAs to support the children with all aspects of the curriculum. At the end of his apprenticeship, the school were so pleased with Juniors contribution that they employed him direct. He went on to complete the Level 3 Diploma and is now doing a Foundation Degree in Childhood studies. Junior told us:
"An apprenticeship is a good way to start off a career. It allows you to see what the job really involves on a long term basis and although the pay is poor to start off with it helps you manage money and once it goes up you are able to appreciate it more. The work experience is one of the most valuable aspects of the programme as it lets you see how the theory relates to real life."
Business Administration Apprentice, Kent
Michelle started her apprenticeship with a Host Company that unfortunately went into administration, but we were able to find her a new Host Company where she could complete both her level 2 and 3 in Business Administration. Michelle is now employed directly by this Kent based company and this is what she had to say about her experience as a SEAC Apprentice:
"I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship with SEAC, I gained skills in a way which suited me and I enjoyed doing it whilst working and earning money at the same time. I have been able to learn the different areas of how a business works, my tutor came to my workplace to see me which was very convenient and there was always help at hand if needed. Being employed by SEAC whilst working in a different company gave me more support as I was supported by SEAC, my Host Company and Training Provider."
Seasons Coffee Shop and Deli
Customer Service Apprenticeships, St Johns, surrey
Victoria Prince (owner of Seasons Coffee Shop and Deli) has supported 2 apprentices to achieve their Level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship and has now employed Megan Beake directly. This is what Victoria had to say about her experience:
"SEAC has everything in one place, the interview, the training, the wages, and the support for the Apprentices too. It’s been an invaluable business to work with as we have set up our coffee shop in the village of St Johns. From day one the Apprentices worked hard, knuckled down and had such a smiley, approachable manner with customers that helped them to build up relationships with them."
Megan Beake completed her level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship at Seasons Coffee Shop and Deli and has now been employed directly by Victoria and is studying towards her level 3. This is Megans experience of being a SEAC Apprentice:
"I have learnt great Customer Service skills and made a lot of new friends. I thought there would be a lot of hard work but found it easy with the great support that I received. Working for SEAC was really easy, thank you for all your help and support."
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