Our ultimate goal was to give individuals an absolute foundation for progression in the business, so they could advance in their roles in the future.
I wanted the team members on the apprenticeship to have the right tools and skills to move up into positions like national account manager.
BMS Progress met with the apprentices immediately and talked them through the process to ensure it was right for them. If they didn’t have the right pre-qualifications, they discussed ways they could gain them alongside doing the apprenticeship.
The development coach, Sarah Jones, ensured that my apprentices were properly supported throughout the process. They had regular review meetings which were very collaborative and allowed apprentices to feed back too. Plus, they knew they could pick up the phone to speak to Sarah anytime for additional support.
The apprentices said the programme was challenging – but it’s meant to be. The whole point of learning is to bring people out of their comfort zone, and the course has definitely done that.
I’ve noticed higher confidence levels in both my team members. One understands time management and prioritisation better, and is more confident in general. The other is able to network with different people in the business who they wouldn’t have spoken to previously.
In completing the course, both team members have bettered their performance, which will help them to level up in the company. There are many examples of people within the wider businesses advancing through BMS Progress’ training, and I’m sure my apprentices will follow suit.
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