Integrated communication solutions specialist Adare SEC marked National Apprenticeship Week by hosting a celebratory event for its 66 apprentices and their managers.
The £70 million turnover company is leading the way on apprenticeships, having put employees in a wide range of roles through schemes at each of its sites. This is part of the company’s commitment to creating a culture of positive employee engagement, through Adare SEC’s new ‘Great Place to Work’ initiative.
Qualifications on offer at Adare SEC range from an MBA Master’s Degree and business improvement training to human resources and customer service.
Training is offered to employees at varying stages of their career. The company has, for example, put a total of 37 employees through the business improvement programme (lean training), as a result, staff have learnt new key skills and are able to gain a recognised qualification, while the company benefits from a more knowledgeable workforce.
HR Director Mandy McKee commented: “Adare SEC is continuing to invest in people, enabling them to fulfil their ambitions and goals. This is all part of our programme to attract, develop and retain the best talent in the market.
“We are extremely proud of what our apprentices have achieved so far. The skills they learn benefit the employees themselves, the company and the community as a whole.
“We find that when people start with us as an apprentice, they tend to be very committed to the company thanks to that career boost and support offered. From a company point of view, we are able to upskill our people and ensure our workforce matches the future needs of the business.”
Looking to the future: Meet the apprentices
Lauren Powell, 18, is a Trainee Account Executive who gained her Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Customer Service in May 2018. After receiving a recognised industry award last year, Lauren has now been invited to speak at a national charity’s annual meeting this year, about her experiences as an apprentice within the communications sector.
Lauren was at sixth form studying for A-levels when she realised it was not the right path for her, so considered an apprenticeship as an alternative career pathway.
Lauren said: “The apprenticeship has also really helped me develop a good relationship with all other areas of the business, and a deeper understanding of what clients expect in terms of service levels and quality of product.”
Huddersfield-based Rebecca Field is studying for a CIPD Level 3 certificate in Human Resources. She said the apprenticeship had helped build her confidence, skills and knowledge. “I am using what I have learned every day in my HR role without even realising it,” said Rebecca.
“I will receive a professional qualification at the end of my training which I believe will bring excellent progression opportunities for me.”
Adare SEC has an extensive, high-profile client base and specialises in integrated communication solutions for a range of sectors such as utilities, retail, not-for-profit, financial services, public sector and business services.