Apprentices add value and ideas to award finalist Deloitte’s business
A policy of engaging with local young people from different backgrounds outside traditional recruitment profiles has been developed because of Deloitte’s apprenticeship programme.
The professional service firm’s Cardiff office is the largest outside London, employing more than 730 people and is home to the Cardiff Delivery Centre. The company launched its apprenticeship programme in 2015 and has recruited 41 apprentices who work in various parts of the business.
The company’s success has led to it being shortlisted for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. Deloitte will be competing to become Macro Employer of the Year at the prestigious awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on October 20.
Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the coveted awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.
Thirty star learners, employers and learning providers involved in the delivery of successful skills programmes across Wales have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
The awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers, tutors and assessors who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships and Apprenticeship programmes.
Andrew Bevan, senior manager at Deloitte, said: “We felt apprentices could offer something different as they are, in most cases, coming to us directly from full time education and uninhibited by previous work experiences.
“Young people can often look at situations with a fresh pair of eyes really adding value and ideas to improve quality, service delivery and the client experience.”
Recognising how beneficial apprenticeships are to the company and the career development opportunities they offer to young people, Deloitte offers a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration (Wales) qualification and works in partnership with training provider Cardiff and Vale College.
The programme fits within the company’s ‘One Million Futures’ social impact strategy that aims to support social mobility. Deloitte has been ranked fifth in the UK Social Mobility Employer Index.
“The programme has received numerous accolades from a range of stakeholders due to its innovative and progressive approach,” said Andrew Whitcombe, of Cardiff and Vale College.
Praising the standard of applicants this year and congratulating Deloitte on being shortlisted for an award, Skills and Science Minister, Julie James said: “This year’s shortlisted entrants include exceptional individuals who have excelled in their workplace and learning providers and employers that have gone the extra mile to support the apprentices they are working with. Their stories never cease to amaze and inspire.
“Apprenticeships and vocational skills training are essential ingredients of economic success and vital tools in building a stronger, fairer and more equal Wales.
“These awards provide a perfect platform to celebrate success and reward the hard work and dedication of learners, employers and training providers across Wales. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the night.”