National Apprenticeship Week
At CDS we are very proud of our apprentices and the positive impact that they have had on our business.
We believe there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or a trainee. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
CDS apprentices in their own words
CDS have taken on several apprentices over the last few years. This is how they felt about being an apprentice and how it had a positive impact on their lives.
Sam Kirkham who now works as an Assistant Editor at CDS said:
“Being an apprentice at CDS has been a great learning experience and provided me with the kind of opportunities I never would have had at university. Everyone here is so friendly that I have never once felt uncomfortable asking for help or advice when faced with something I’ve never encountered before. Since coming here I feel like I have really grown both as an employee and a person and I cannot thank CDS enough for all the support they gave me as an apprentice.”
CDS Print and Creative Administrative Assistant, Kirsten Smallshaw said:
“Completing an apprenticeship with CDS has given me the knowledge and confidence to step out into the real world. I have been given the opportunity to visit different companies around the country. This included spending two weeks in CDS Aylesbury. All CDS staff members have been welcoming and supportive, happy to answer any questions and mentor me. Even though I originally started my apprenticeship for Print Admin, I later moved over to Creative Admin. CDS could see I would thrive better in this new role and offered me further training after the apprenticeship.”
Gurdas Roth who works as a Print Executive at CDS said:
“I found working at CDS as an apprentice a great experience. Everyone was so friendly and helped me settle in well. I had a day to day plan which was good because I knew what I’d be doing each day. This Included site visits to suppliers and clients. Also, it involved having meetings with different people around the office to get a feel for what they do and how their experience at CDS was. This was good because I could see different roles within CDS and it gave me an idea of the role I wanted to do once the apprenticeship had finished. I Enjoyed every part of my apprenticeship as there was a lot of time and effort put in to me from the company which made me feel good and gave me the incentive to stay with the company.”
CDS Service Desk Analyst, Aimee Swaine said:
“I started as an apprentice in CDS Digital and found the experience to be very beneficial. It gave me a great opportunity to learn quickly and learn skills I would not have got elsewhere. Everyone at CDS was welcoming, helpful, accommodating and I felt like a member of the team from day one. It provided me with the opportunity to learn on the job and gain qualifications, that have continued to be offered after my apprenticeship. It was a great experience and I would encourage anyone to consider doing an apprenticeship.”
CDS Account Executive Joe Tosney said:
“Working for CDS as an apprentice was a great opportunity to learn about a completely new industry in a working environment, amongst working professionals. The role helped me to explore print, print management and creative services through visiting suppliers and clients alike. I have been able to use these experiences and my training to develop into a permanent and important role for the company.”
National Apprenticeship Week
This week is the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week. It will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade. It will also seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
The National Apprenticeship Service is part of the Skills Funding Agency, which is an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE). DfE co-ordinate and promote the delivery of apprenticeships in England.
Five key facts about apprenticeships
- Apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level. 899,400 funded apprentices participated on an apprenticeship in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
- Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal.
- More than 2,600 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeships standards.
- After finishing, 7 in 10 apprentices (77%) stay with the same employer.
- The majority (92%) of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had had a positive impact on their career.
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