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Our apprenticeship programme has been a game-changing experience

Exterion Media Apprentices

 At Exterion Media we believe that we develop our people and their skills to help them achieve their full potential, and deliver a positive experience for customers. Apprenticeships are an important source of talent that is fundamental to our growth in all parts of our business.

With A-level results now out and school leavers weighing up their options for choosing their best career path, apprenticeship schemes are at the top of many of their minds – but apprenticeship programmes are for all working age groups.

We currently have 14 apprentices working across the business (3.5% of all employees) in various departments, from level 2 to 5 framework and standards.  Our youngest apprentice is just 18 years old and the oldest is 56 years old. 

We are rightly proud of our apprenticeship programme, and we feel that it supports our wider business ambition of creating a diverse, inclusive culture. All our apprentices are from socially and ethnically different backgrounds, which we feel reflects the London demographic where we have our Head Office.  Through the apprenticeship programme we have been able to bring diverse talent into the business and reinvigorate our existing workforce.

The programme is designed to develop and grow our future talent pipeline. Succession planning has been created for each individual apprentice to develop their skillset further to enable them to become specialists in their field of work.

Research from the Education & Skills Funding Agency shows us that:

  • Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits say that apprenticeships deliver.

  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with the programme, 76% say that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

The apprentices get involved in our social enterprise and charity projects to give them more exposure to other areas of the business and an opportunity to act as ambassadors of our apprenticeship programme. 

Additional group and individual training and networking opportunities are offered so they have peer to peer support too. They have all recently completed ‘Speak Up Speak Out’ communication training from the Speakers Trust. All apprentices have a dedicated mentor in their department and apprenticeship coordinator in the business for support.

Our wish within Exterion Media, to complement the wider aspiration from the government, is to progress our apprenticeship programme to include degree apprenticeships. A degree apprenticeship combines study towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree with work-based learning and employment. Unlike traditional degree study, students do not have to pay £9,000 fees and they ‘earn while they learn’. We hope that our desire may make university study more accessible to students from less affluent backgrounds. We know that with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the creation of bachelor’s and master’s level standards across a range of professional occupations, these apprenticeships offer the potential to overcome these limitations and offer exciting possibilities for widening participation in well-paid occupations.

Our current apprenticeship programme has been a game-changing experience for us, from how we work to how we recruit talent into the business. We are excited for the future of our business, and for the future of our apprenticeship programme. We have had a fantastic start and we can only build on it from this point. 

Written by Najima Khatun, HR Coordinator (SLNT) at Exterion Media