Apprenticeship & Development Manager Kerrie Talbot said that, despite the disruption caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the company had seen some fantastic results over the past 12 months.
The company currently has around 60 employees completing an apprenticeship, studying a wide range of Level 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 #apprenticeships for roles ranging from engineers to business administrators, supply chain to senior managers.
Kerrie said: “At the start of the pandemic we were unsure how we would continue to provide the same level of quality for our apprentices, however, through the quick-thinking of our providers we were able to continue with the workshops and skills coach sessions by offering them remotely.
“One training provider also offered the option of recording the workshops so that our apprentices that were potentially juggling home schooling at the same time could use the recording to reflect on the learning at a later date. This has proved invaluable and something that we will continue to offer to our learners.
“At DB Cargo UK, we are passionate about promoting the merits of modern-day apprenticeships which we believe offer a unique opportunity to upskill or reskill and still “earn while you learn”. More education needs to be done to enable students, parents, employers and employees to view apprenticeships as an alternative form of achieving a qualification through practical, hands-on learning.
“Seeing our apprentices flourish is by far the best part of my job. It’s great to see them develop their own skills and confidence and develop within our business.
“I would encourage any employer to embrace apprenticeships and utilise their levy and if they are an SME they can look into what opportunities and support is available to them via the Education Skills Funding Agency or their local Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.”