Traineeships and apprenticeships are not just about the learner; they are designed to help the employer combat skills shortages, expand the workforce and ultimately, grow the business too. A proper training programme should meet the needs of both the learner and the employer. At least, that’s how we see things at DMR Training. We decided to interview one of our apprentice-friendly employers, John Taylor (owner of John Taylor Drives & Patios), to find out what his two apprentices, Jamie and Corey, have brought to the business.
John, both Jamie and Corey were taken on by your firm on three month traineeships before you employed them on full apprenticeships. How did the original traineeship programme benefit your business?
Both trainees have helped the business to grow. Jobs have been done at a quicker pace but also still keeping to the high standards required. Throughout the traineeship, both Jamie and Corey developed within themselves and also within the company. They have grown in confidence.
Why did you want Jamie and Corey to progress from the traineeship to an apprenticeship?
I wanted to grow the business with them. On an apprenticeship, they’ll get the right training alongside the best onsite knowledge in a practical working environment.
Would you have employed Jamie and Corey as apprentices if they hadn’t completed the traineeship programme first?
No, the traineeship was a great foundation for the apprenticeship. It gave me an insight into who needed more time when carrying out jobs. The traineeship, along with feedback from DMR, helped me decide whether apprenticeships were right for both Jamie and Corey, and the business. They both developed during the traineeship and without this phase, we wouldn’t have known whether they were suited to an apprenticeship.
How have Jamie and Corey developed since they moved into apprenticeships, and how has it impacted the business?
The progress they’ve made has given me more time to focus on getting more work in. They can now be left unsupervised on jobs, with the quantity and quality of work continuing at the highest of standards. Without them, the business would not have been able to grow and flourish into what is has become today.