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At the Apprenticeship Employment Agency, we pride ourselves on the feedback we receive from both our Clients and our Apprentices. Our team are experts in Apprenticeships and tailor solutions to suit the individual needs of each Client. More than 90% of the apprentices we place secure permanent positions and here is what some of them have has to say about the AEA.

What our Apprentices say about us.

What our Apprentices say about us.

Aidan

Aidan

“I originally chose an Apprenticeship after realising that I didn’t want to carry on at college half way through my A2’s.  Starting an Apprenticeship is daunting at first, I was 18, shy, insecure and under confident being thrown into a big office within a large organisation.  I quickly realised that the Apprentice Employment Agency, Harrogate College and my host employer, Leeds City Council, were all there to help and offer advice and guidance, not only with my job role/work but to bring you on as a person.

I would recommend an Apprenticeship as an avenue to any young person as it allows you to learn and gain a qualification while you are earning.  It also matures you as a person, teaching you essential life skills which are not taught at school.  More importantly it gets on the first rung on the employment ladder at a young age to be in a position to progress and develop you career.

I believe it is better than going through two years at college, four years at university, to then have to start looking for a job with no real working experience and a mass of debt!

I have recently gained full time employment with Leeds City Council and look forward to an exciting career, thanks to everyone who supported me through my journey.”

Chloe

Chloe

‘’I began my role as a Tax Apprentice for an in-house tax team in May 2015, with a basic knowledge of tax and no experience working in a corporate environment. Over the past two years I have been studying towards a Higher Apprenticeship comprising of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) qualification and a Level 4 Diploma in Tax Practice. When I applied for the role I was nearing the end of my first year at university where I was studying towards a BSc in Economics, but felt that it didn’t offer the sort of hands on experience that I needed to push me further.

I am now coming to the end of my apprenticeship, and there hasn’t been a day where I have regretted my decision. The AEA have been wholly supportive through the whole process, from managing my work experience to offering guidance to my host employer.  The apprenticeship framework has given me the structure to manage the shift from being a full time student to working full time, whilst complementing my study towards professional exams.

Being an apprentice is relatively uncommon in the corporate finance sector, with the more traditional route being via university and graduate schemes. Despite this, I feel that it is a competitive alternative to university that offers the same educational challenges, yet with added valuable experience for my CV. I have been given all the right support and guidance from the AEA in order to progress and achieve my goals for the apprenticeship.’’

David

David

“Coming straight from Sixth Form, I decided that just going to university wasn’t for me; I felt an apprenticeship would be a better fit for me. When I found that there was a IT apprenticeship scheme at Unilever, who work in partnership with the Apprentice Employment Agency (AEA), I knew straight away that was how I wanted to start my career.

Not only was I introduced to various technologies, but also various contacts. I now have a network of people in companies such as Microsoft, IBM, BMC and HCL. The BTEC was an interesting part of the scheme, as it was so ingrained within the first two years of my apprenticeship. We used to have a running joke about it – whenever I was asked to do a task I would say ‘But does it apply to the BTEC?’ because the criteria it covered was so extensive. I think the structure provided through the BTEC was definitely beneficial.

The OU was a big part of the scheme. I used a number of the technologies and techniques I was introduced to during the OU; one of the techniques was reflective learning which allowed me to truly develop my critical thinking skills and develop my personal and professional skills.

The support and service I received from AEA during my Apprenticeship was excellent, (this included my wages being paid on time!).  Without them and their employment service this opportunity for myself and many others would not have been available, thanks!”

What our clients say about us.

What our clients say about us.

Chris Marshall – DSV Commercial

Chris Marshall – DSV Commercial

“With such a skill shortage in our sector, it has become imperative for the growth of our business and support of our customers, that we increase our investment in people and indeed in our future.

Apprentices are the long term and sustainable answer to the skill shortage, and therefore well worthy of our investment.  Our resource strategy therefore, had to look as far as 4 years in advance for Commercial Vehicle Technicians, and very much a ‘grow your own’ initiative had to be adopted.

As we approach the end of year one of our new apprentices being in place, we have experienced a great deal of positives and a definite move in the right direction. I can honestly say our future is looking significantly brighter as a result of taking the time, effort and money to invest in that future via the apprenticeship programme”

Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council

“The Leeds City Council is always keen to work closely with their partners to ensure that apprentices are working to the required level for the NVQ and are progressing well. This is an area where the Apprenticeship Employment Agency offers valuable support.

The AEA team initially had monthly meetings with the apprentices in conjunction with a meeting with college tutors. This established if there were any issues at college and if there were, what could the council do to help. The AEA team is always on hand to support the apprentices and make sure that there are no issues in the workplace, or with general welfare.

Janice Maloney from Leeds City Council (Property Maintenance) says: “As an employer we have regular meetings with the AEA to ensure that the progress of our apprentices is on track. We are also keen to know that the apprentices have been properly inducted and that there is an appraisal process in place. We have found the team to be supportive and efficient; they always deliver and apprentices are well supported.”

Kristian Toftegaard – Young’s Seafood

Kristian Toftegaard – Young’s Seafood

“AEA have supported Young’s in our new recruitment and assessment’s centres. This ensured we were in a position to recruit apprentices through a combined written and practical assessment workshop. This has supported the successful recruitment of 6 engineering apprentices for our 2 main Grimsby manufacturing sites.”

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