On Thursday 15th December Kellie Turner, Head of Community Investment and David Leonard, Apprentice Master joined five Axis Apprentices at the AMIP Apprentice Event held at Charlton FC.
AMIP is a unique best practice and benchmarking club which brings together people from across the housing sector to share their expertise. The theme of the event was recruitment into the sector and succession planning, so we were delighted to get involved when we were asked to deliver a presentation on ‘Best practice apprenticeship delivery’.
We were joined by representatives from Echelon, United Welsh, Construction Youth Trust, Travis Perkins, and Morgan Sindall who shared an insight into life after apprenticeships and how we can make the construction sector attractive to young people.
Our presentation covered an overview of Axis’ apprenticeship programme followed by a panel discussion with our apprentices sharing their career journeys – Ellie Pallet and Anisha Kaur, Trainee Administrators, Stefanos Panayiotou and Nuh Ali, Trainee Quantity Surveyors, and Joel Wynter, Apprentice Gas Engineer. The team outlined the benefits of being able to earn money, whilst picking up qualifications and agreed that the scheme has been a strong opportunity to expand their skills, gain independence, and to help them cement their future.
Following this, David shared his 52 years of experience with attendees and highlighted what apprenticeship best practice delivery looks like for us at Axis. He said – My goal is to ensure that every apprentice finds their right journey, that is suited to their skills. E-learning courses are one of the most valuable learning courses, which can then be translated to on-site experience. I am keen to ensure apprentices have a successful journey, through understanding, empathy and teamwork.
I really enjoyed the day and I have learnt a lot from it and would definitely be interested in doing more events like that in the future. – Ellie Pallet, Trainee Adminstrator
The apprentices all did a fantastic job at presenting and responding to the questions during the Q&A. They are a real asset to Axis and should be really proud of themselves. – Kellie Turner, Head of Community Investment
We received fantastic feedback from Katie McVea, AMIP Partnerships Manager who said – A huge thank you to you for your presentation at AMIP. It was very well put together and bringing your five apprentices along to give their side of the story was an excellent addition. I think the content from all of you was really well received by the audience – we had 64 people in attendance, and I think they would have all found it interesting. Please pass my thanks onto Joel, Ellie, Anisha, Nuh and Stefanos for their contribution to the day and that we hope they do well with their apprenticeships!
To finish the day, all the apprentices and trainees that were involved in the event were each gifted a £50 Travis Perkins voucher to spend as a thank you. Well done team!