Baines and Ernst Introduces New Apprenticeship Scheme

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With youth unemployment at an all time high, one company is doing what they can to help young people get their foot on the career ladder. Here Baines and Ernst talk about their new apprenticeship initiative and how it feels to employ their first new recruits...

Stockport College and Baines and Ernst

To give someone the chance to work towards a rewarding career is very important to us. When we found out about Stockport College’s initiative to get young people into work, we knew instantly that we wanted to be involved.

Unemployment levels in the UK haven’t been this high since 1995, with those aged between 16-24 hit the hardest.

With so few roles available, more employers are choosing candidates with proven track records and experience and are finding it harder to justify employing someone seeking to develop their skills. This makes the jobs market a competitive place where the fight for an interview is tougher than ever.

There is very little room for school leavers and graduates to get the opportunity where they can obtain much-needed experience within the work place; improve their skill sets and build up their CVs.

With youth unemployment higher than it has been in years, how will young people get the chance to develop their career?

Well, one company committed to the cause is Baines and Ernst – a leading provider of debt help to people in the UK and one of the country’s longest established debt management companies.

The company has teamed up with Stockport College to give some young people the opportunity to begin their career with their new apprenticeship scheme.

Ella Snape, Group HR and Training Manager from Baines and Ernst said “We recognise how tough it is for young people in today’s current economic climate and how disheartening it can be when it appears opportunities are not available to you.

“We’re committed to the on-going training and development of our team and to give someone the chance to work towards a rewarding career is very important to us. When we found out about Stockport College’s initiative to get young people into work, we knew instantly that we wanted to be involved.”

The company worked alongside Stockport College to host a selection day where students could apply for the available apprenticeship roles.

Ella Snape continued “Ten students were shortlisted for two posts; however the calibre of the students was so impressive, that we decided to offer another placement within our company. We have now welcomed two new members to our Customer Services team, and a new team member to our IT department. We’re thrilled to have them on board and know that they will do a great job.”

Lucy Holland – the Business Development Advisor Stockport College – says “This is great opportunity for both the College and Baines and Ernst. We hope to build a great working relationship and to continue to be part of their recruitment process”.

When asked if this is something Baines and Ernst will continue to do, Ella Snape added “Absolutely – the students are all incredibly talented and the support provided on behalf of the college in terms of setting up recruitment though apprenticeships has been excellent.”

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