It's the start of National Apprenticeship Week, what a perfect time to give you an update on Lauren.
We are well underway with our first apprenticeship placement, with Level 2 graphic design apprentice Lauren Roche just about to complete her first six months at our Enderby office. We decided to explore the apprenticeship route as a viable recruitment option last year and have been pleased with the experience so far.
Lauren, 17, from Lutterworth, chose the vocational way to kick-start her career as a graphic designer and her full time placement has seen her learn about all aspects of design, branding and communication as well as transferable skills such as how to provide great service and work with colleagues at different levels.
“My highlight so far has definitely been learning how to use design software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to amend digital artwork.
Using these tools is really helping me to get into the mindset of a professional graphic designer especially as I’m learning in a fast paced agency environment, which is an experience I just wouldn’t get in college”.
With apprenticeships now considered an equal to University and offering a unique package of support, qualifications and experience, there are evidently benefits for both apprentice and employer. From a practical perspective, apprenticeships are one of the most cost effective ways to build a skilled workforce and address skills gaps which can bring a significant return on investment.
We’ve been really impressed with the commitment we’ve seen from Lauren so far. It’s rewarding for us as an employer to nurture Lauren’s potential as a professional and a creative designer and she is making great progress.
Leicester College has been very supportive, working with us through our first apprenticeship experience and making sure that everybody progresses to their highest potential - that includes us!