Sharing Experiences in National Apprenticeship Week

Sharing experience and learning is part of the busy programme of community activity and celebrations, Osborne Property Services are undertaking to mark National Apprenticeship Week.
Sharing their experiences are Alan and Marcelle who are in the throws of their apprenticeships and share how it helps them in their roles;
Alan, our Electrical Supervisor works on our contract for Dacorum Borough Council.  His course programme has allowed him to gain the knowledge and skills to help manage a team, including supporting their learning and development, giving him a good foundation for further management roles.
Alan said; “The course covers topics in depth and helped me get a strong hold on the fundamental concepts. It was informative and covered a number of vital topics.
I was able to discuss any problems or concerns with my training advisor who was very helpful. Also guidance and assistance from my manager helped the learning experience. As this is related to my daily work I found it interesting to research and complete. My advice is be prepared to invest time into the training (evenings and weekends) as it cannot be completed within the odd lunch break. Overall I fully recommend considering a training apprenticeship.”

Marcelle has been with Osborne for some time. She took on the role of Service Recovery Specialist in 2015 and recognised the need to upgrade her skills and knowledge. The Business Administration Apprenticeship was ideal as it offered a wide variety of topics to choose from which enabled Marcelle to easily identify those that would best suit her role. Marcelle undertook her Apprenticeship with Smart Training and her Assessor visited every six weeks to help her.
She said; “I would say go for it to anyone who is thinking about doing an apprenticeship.”
With some recent changes to her role and the opportunity to take on more responsibility, Marcelle is about to embark on a Management Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Osborne’s Property Services Managing Director, Carol Bailey, explains:
“Providing employment opportunities in our local communities is a commitment that we are proud of. Our mentored apprenticeship programme means that we maintain a local employment base and contribute to developing careers. This is especially important with the shortage of skilled tradespeople within the industry. Apprenticeships bring true business benefits too.  We are developing a pool of talent who are motivated, committed and loyal.  So as far as we’re concerned it’s a win-win situation.”