It’s our bread and butter! We’ve not finished, we’re evolving! The team took the time to understand what we were trying to achieve and our business.
"The programme was super successful and we can certainly say we have seen a positive impact, not only on day-to-day roles but also with securing new business."
"Streamlined, effective and very professional, the implementation of pilot sessions and the communication with stakeholders has been excellent. The KPI reporting and availability of the team to help and support has been stand out"
We are looking forward to our continued partnership with BMS Progress and are in the process of planning our development programme with them for the years to come.
"What really made the experience unique was the unwavering support that I received throughout my entire journey, from my coaches Sarah Jones and Suzy Callister"
"We’ve had a great experience with the level 4 sales executive apprenticeship. We now have almost 40 people at different stages of the programme. Some of our team will be graduating later in 2022, whilst others will be taking their first steps onto it. We’re very happy to continue our partnership with BMS Progress. They clearly set themselves really high standards, and achieve higher standards as a result. I’ve no doubt that they’ve helped to add real value to our organisation. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for both us and them."
"The level 4 sales executive apprentice standard has provided my team members with really valuable core skills, and proved to be successful training. I was extremely impressed with the support, along with how Sarah listened to both me and the apprentices."
“We wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for our sales training. I’m incredibly impressed by BMS Progress and the Level 4 Sales Executive Apprenticeship Standard, and it gave us a lot to say about the value of apprenticeships for National Apprenticeship Week 2023. We expect people to be graduating with distinctions, and this time next year we’ll have more learners on the course.”
"As part of our strategic plan, were needed to identify a training partner to help us design and deliver a sales process specifically for Stanley’s regional sales team. After a period of consultation and observation, BMS Progress were chosen, they designed a sales model called SECURE Selling and this was rolled-out to the entire UK sales team. This has now been embedded into the day to day process for all our sales meeting and his already reaping great results. We have supported the Sales Managers with a coaching programme to enable them to have the confidence and skills to further develop and build on their teams capability."
"The relationship with BMS Progress has been really positive. With us having so many different brands, it would have been easy for them to say ‘no, we can’t adapt to every different initiative, that’s not our business model’. But they didn’t. Instead, they adapted and evolved to our needs – they were open-minded like us. So far, we’ve launched two cohorts with BMS Progress, and we’ll continue to work with them as our offering for apprenticeships expands. We’ll be taking a big milestone in learning and development through a level 6 sales apprenticeship, which will enable our team to sell bigger contracts."
"Supporting Katie in the level 4 sales executive apprenticeship has been an absolute dream. She’s been incredibly easy to work with because she’s so invested in her own development. Katie has taken feedback really well, and her hard work has led both her confidence and her ability to improve. I wasn’t surprised when she achieved a distinction overall! It wasn’t an easy start in June 2020 – with COVID-19 and being furloughed. However, Katie took it in all her stride and the apprenticeship gave her something positive to focus on. Consequently, she achieved great results when she returned to work."
“David and his team designed and delivered a comprehensive Sales Development Programme for our Regional Sales Team and our National Account Managers. Have completed a thorough TNA and Field Observations, they were able to create the content specifically for our roles and industry, which landed really well with the team. The outcome of the programme was a renewed focus on Value Selling and Margin Protection, which is already yielding great results. We continue to work with BMS Progress for a range of development areas that include Presentation and Personal Impact and Performance Coaching for the team of Regional Sales Managers. I would have no hesitation recommending BMS Progress to any organisation looking to upskill their sales and management teams."
"The level 4 sales executive apprenticeship has proven to be a resounding success. From the off, BMS Progress were very thorough. When the pandemic hit in 2020 and we moved from face-to-face learning to online, it wasn’t an issue. The level of quality was exactly the same, and our learners have really valued that."
"From the very beginning, BMS Progress took the time and effort to understand our ambitions. As a result, it’s a relationship we value, and we’re really grateful for the results of the sales training so far. And so, we’ll be continuing to work with them – not just for our next cohort of the level 4 sales executive apprenticeship, but also the level 5 qualification we’ll be introducing later this year. We’ll potentially be implementing level 6 and 7 programmes for senior managers in the next few years too. For national apprenticeship week 2022, we internally promoted the level 4 sales executive apprenticeship, which shared positive experiences of the first cohort. Previously, the department endorsing this would have just been me and one of the HR team – but we now have staff specifically working in people development. It’s the future – and apprenticeships are core to it."
"For the duration of his sales apprenticeship, Chris demonstrated an excellent attitude towards learning and progression. His work was of a consistently high standard and always linked back to how he has applied the knowledge to his job and to the wider business. And so, it’s no surprise that his hard work and attitude has led to a promotion to Key Account Manager. A massive thanks to Chris for being a great apprentice!"
“It was a pleasure to guide Matt through his learning journey and see him achieve a distinction. To say I was proud of him would be an understatement. Matt started his apprenticeship with a growth mindset towards CPD, which over time became a huge asset, as we navigated challenges presented by the pandemic and celebrated some truly great learning wins. I believe creating a connection with apprentices is important and I had the privilege of getting to know Matt well. It was through this bond that I was able to stretch and challenge Matt, and tailor his learning plan to help condition him to work at distinction potential. I have no doubt that he’ll go on to achieve fantastic things in his career, and will continue to apply his newly acquired knowledge, skills and behaviours.”
"The partnership with BMS Progress has been a success so far. We’ll keep feeding back and engaging with them as a partner, and ideally, we’ll work with them on following cohorts too."
"I’m really glad I did the apprenticeship. With careful planning, as well as a fantastic support network around me, I managed to get it done. This includes my colleagues on the cohort, the business itself, and my development coach Sarah Jones – you get through it as a team."
"I would recommend the level 3 team leader apprenticeship standard to any aspiring manager because it puts you in good stead. Had I done something like this perhaps about three years ago, I could have potentially accelerated my career. But even so, it’s done wonders for me."
"I would recommend the level 3 team leader apprenticeship standard as it’s helped me in all aspects of life so far. It’s not only supported me in terms of developing my management and leadership skills, but it’s also supported my sales role, day-to-day communications and personal life. I’ve learnt how to control emotions, and how to talk to people in conflicting scenarios."
"The support provided by the development coach, Sarah Jones, was really valuable. It’s been fantastic to see my team grow in confidence, and level up through the Level 4 Sales Executive Apprenticeship Standard."
"Onboarding was a straightforward and engaging process. I’ve found Sarah in particular to be incredibly helpful as my development coach, she’s been great at assisting me throughout the course with extra tools and insight. I really couldn’t recommend this apprenticeship enough."
“It’s been a fantastic journey with BMS Progress – their support has been fantastic, they answer questions speedily, and the quality of their tutors is fantastic. We plan to continue working with them – so we can further utilise our levy funds, plus also collaborate to build recognition through accreditation for an internal training programme.”
“BMS Progress is a valued partner. They’ve adapted the curriculum to suit our needs and have supported our recruitment by helping us to hire and train diverse and talented individuals. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with them and we hope our relationship will keep going from strength to strength.”
“I’m very happy with the support received, the quality of training, and how it’s yielding significant results. I look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship with BMS Progress.”
"It was a pleasure to work with the team at Timesco; they were engaged, collaborative and enthusiastic throughout the design and delivery process. We were able to design the content specifically for the NHS and acute surgical environment, using real-life scenarios and activities. The team found the training to be insightful and practical, we look forward to seeing the application of the new process."
“It’s been fantastic to work with BMS Progress. I’ve previously worked with other suppliers who I’ve had to chase – but that’s never the case with BMS. They’re always consistent and put the effort in. Plus, they ensure that the apprenticeships are fit for purpose – for instance, they’ll push back if they think someone isn’t right for an apprenticeship. This results in an honest and trustworthy relationship. I look forward to continuing this as we partner with them for other apprenticeships in the future.”