National Apprenticeship Week: Testimonials 

10th February 2021

Find out more about apprenticeships at Wilson James from our very own apprentices:  

Stevie Key, HR Shared Services Administrator: 

Undertaking the apprenticeship was an excellent way for me to gain more information on the job role I am undertaking and put what I learned into practice. It has provided me with the tools and confidence to progress my role within HR and explore different avenues which I am very grateful for.  

 Hannah Bury Assoc CIPD, Senior Employee Relations Advisor: 

Apprenticeships allow you to learn and develop while working, providing you with opportunities to put your new skills and knowledge into practice in a workplace environment. My apprenticeship was really flexible and allowed me to find a balance between the apprenticeship, work and my personal life. I would advise anyone beginning their apprenticeship journey to set aside time each week to stay on top of their learning rather than leave it to build up. 

 Ian Ball, Supply Chain Manager: 

After a few years of working in the procurement team, it was felt that our team members would benefit from a professional qualification. Having built up so much knowledge of procurement best practice, we felt the qualification would put their learning into context, build on that knowledge to provide further tools and resources and also to demonstrate a level of competence in their continued professional development. 

We explored various options for training and decided the apprenticeship route was the most practical and cost-effective. Funding aside – although a bonus as it is covered by the apprenticeship levy – the course met our needs of balancing learning with full-time working. While the apprenticeship requires a degree of off-the-job training (20%), it can be achieved alongside a full-time role. Admittedly, this is challenging, but it enables new learning to be trialled on real life scenarios, bringing the learning to life. 

It is still early days in the team’s journey, but it is evident that tutorial support is readily available and a structure is in place to help navigate the learner through the course requirements.  Regular feedback is provided to not only the learner but also the line manager, enabling further support to the learner where required. 

 Emily Swain, HR Shared Services Senior Administrator: 

I completed my CIPD Level 3 apprenticeship in HR Support last year. I was apprehensive about the time management aspect at first, however the learning is really easy to follow and I am grateful that Wilson James allowed me time during the working day to focus attention on the course.  

It is a flexible approach to learning and the best thing about it has been putting it into practice with real-time work projects and scenarios. This has really helped develop me within my HR career as it has given me a wider understanding of the role. 

 Konstantinos Tasis, Training Manager: 

Click here to watch Konstantinos’s video testimonial about how the WJ Apprenticeship Programme helps develop staff with the potential to become great security leaders.  

 Sara Shah, Training Generalist: 

Click here to learn more about what it is like to be an apprentice from Sara who is currently studying for her Learning and Development Consulting Business Partner Level 5 apprenticeship.