We were delighted to be able to chat to Conservative MP for Warrington South, Andy Carter along with some of the apprentices from across the Optionis Group. Andy has welcomed the government’s commitment to creating more apprenticeships, and the theme for this year is “Build the Future” as the government encourages everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career. Andy also discussed how he believes apprenticeships are equally important to build a workforce for the future.
James Mayers, Dipak Patel, Anna Burgess, Jacob Walters, Ryan Thomas and James Tombs all shared their personal apprenticeship journeys and achievements with Andy. One clear theme that came out of the session was how supported everyone felt by their own Managers and by the wider Optionis Group in supporting their studies.
Commenting, Andy Carter said:
“National Apprenticeship Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many fantastic achievements apprentices have made over the last 12 months – despite all of the challenges of Covid – we’ve seen brilliant examples of people taking huge strides forward in their careers and incredible businesses opening up to new starters who want to learn on the job.
Meeting some of the apprentices from Optionis Group who specialise in accounting gave me a fascinating insight into the range of options through the apprenticeship scheme, with employees able to start with little experience to those completing MBAs through University during their time of work.”
Karen Pay, Chief People Officer at Optionis, added:
“From March 2020, we’ve managed our apprenticeship scheme entirely virtually, but have been able to continue providing high quality-training for each apprentice within the group. This was a key focus for us as we adapted to the impact of coronavirus because apprenticeships are a huge part of our culture.
We currently offer a diverse range of 17 programmes in association with our training provider, Paragon Skills as well as supporting programmes with certain universities. Right now, we are also exploring how we can incorporate the Kickstart Scheme into our apprenticeship offering.
This last year has been challenging, but our pass rates are way above the national average of 62 per cent, which goes to show the success of our programme so far, and I’m pleased to see that our other apprentices are on track to uphold our fantastic record for training and development.”
If you would like to find out more about our apprenticeship schemes, please visit our careers page.