With the launch of Fusion People Training in July 2011, the group has been investing in the future generation of Recruitment Consultants in the form of apprenticeships.
These vocational training programmes offer an alternative to further education for young people aged 16 - 18, allowing them to earn a wage (minimum apprenticeship wage of 2.65ph) whilst learning on the job. Currently Fusion People Training has placed nearly 100 apprentices both within the Fusion People Group as Recruitment Consultants as well as outside the group in organisations such as estate agents, solicitors and travel agencies.
Dependent on the job role apprenticeships can take a minimum of 12 months to complete and are available at either Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSE’s A*-C) or Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Levels).
Apprentices have proven to be a real asset to the team providing an effective and productive way to address skill gaps within the company, as well as a cost effective way to recruit enthusiastic new employees. The success of one apprentice in particular, Biviana Bholanath, has resulted in her becoming a full time employee at one of our sister companies, Etica.
Biviana first joined Etica as a Resourcer whilst completing a NVQ level 2 in Customer Service back in 2011:
I thought an apprenticeship would be the right decision for me as it would build upon my current expertise and not only provide me with a recognised qualification but also give me valuable experience which the majority of young students lack.
When I first joined … I only had a basic knowledge of recruitment and was afraid to get on the phone with the fear of being rejected. With the training offered by Fusion People Training and the support and patience of my colleagues and line manager, I am now completely confident to get on the phone and speak to any client or candidate.
Since then Biviana has successfully proven her value within the team and has been employed as a permanent consultant whilst she completes her NVQ Level 3:
Choosing an apprenticeship with Etica has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Director of Fusion People training, Nigel Sweeney, adds:
Fusion People Training, through the Fusion Futures initiative, is now applying to be recognised as an official Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) under the Apprenticeship Scheme. This presents a fantastic opportunity to introduce a lot more young people, like Biviana, to the advantages of becoming an apprentice, whilst encouraging more organisations to take on these talented young individuals.
To find out more about Fusion People Training and the Apprenticeships they offer you can visit www.fusionpeopletraining.com or call on 02076 531 078.