"We've just taken on three new trainees and we're looking for two more." says Team Manager Alex Bacon. "It works really well for both parties. Serviceteam gets bright, enthusiastic, computer literate people into the office environment as a junior account manager and the trainees get on-the-job training, experience and time off every week to study for a vocational NVQ. Our aim is to offer all our successful trainees a full-time career with Serviceteam at the end of their course."
The courses last one year and trainees earn £600 per month. This scheme is a viable alternative to attending college or university.
Trainees are exposed to all aspects of the business from administration right through to marketing. They prepare and perform weekly presentations, organise their own diaries, visit clients for face to face meetings and attend decision making meetings where they are encouraged to participate and contribute.
Wayne Shah joined Serviceteam as a junior account manager four months ago and is studying towards an NVQ in Business Administration. "I left school last year with no idea what to do" says Wayne. "I knew I didn't want to go back into full time education but I also didn't want to work full time in a job without any career advancement, training or prospects. I decided that doing an apprenticeship was the best idea as I would earn myself an NVQ and gain useful experience alongside earning a decent wage. I'm learning things every day here and it's great to be in busy office environment – there's always something happening. Since I've started I have had no doubts that this was a good choice as some of my friends who are in education are disappointed as they don’t have the money to save for their future."
The trainees meet their assessor once every two weeks to ensure that they are learning the necessary skills to enable them to pass their NVQ.
Shamina Bennet-Harris says “I joined Serviceteam two months ago and I think my decision to accept an apprenticeship with Serviceteam was the right one. I've always aimed to work with a strong team based company who not only train you but help you to adjust to the allocated job role. Serviceteam has helped me immensely. I've only been here for a month now and I am completely settled in - not only with my job role but with my team of colleagues as well.”
“I knew university wasn't for me - I couldn't see the point of spending thousands of pounds and getting myself into a lot of debt without having the certainty of a good job at the end it. I have many friends who have been to university and are currently unemployed.”
“Serviceteam has provided me with a job where I can strive to better myself and exceed expectations. I'm treated no differently to any of the other employees. It's earning and learning at the same time. What could be better?”
Established in 2009, http://www.serviceteam.co.uk/
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Serviceteam are the complete property maintenance company for both home and business. Offering highly experienced professional tradespeople for every job, we cover households and businesses across London, the Home Counties and South East England.