As part of a series of blog posts to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2019 , nmcn chief executive John Homer tells us why apprenticeships are so important to nmcn.
As part of our overall people strategy apprentices have long been a vital part of our operation as a progressive and responsible business. At nmcn we strongly believe that in training our people right from the start of their career, we’re investing in our future by shaping them to take the business to further growth.
From day one we’re equipping our people with the skills and experience to help us meet the very specific needs of our customers and our business as a whole. We want to do things differently here and it’s important that we align people with our culture right from the start.
Since the apprenticeship levy was introduced back in 2017 we’ve been able to open up opportunities across the business much more than ever before, as well as bringing in new youthful talent to help energise the business as was the intention behind its introduction.
Our bespoke nmcn management training schemes are now firmly in line with the levy requirements which means we can get the most from our levy payments to inspire business growth across the board and our upgraded graduate scheme will be brought into the levy scheme later this year.
As a progressive business it is important for us to make use of our levy payments both to invest in new talent but also to fill skills gaps and boost productivity as the levy was intended in its inception.
What the levy has enabled us to do is evolve our learning culture across the entire business by offering career development at any level. This means we’re able to both increase loyalty and boost energy and enthusiasm throughout the business which is all helping us to increase growth.
We know that there are skill shortages across the construction industry as a whole so if we are to continue to build a strong and passionate workforce which will help us to grow, it is essential that we create career paths that span the business. Apprenticeships are essential in helping us achieve that, from the traditional school leaver level all the way through to our technical and senior management.
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