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Investing in Simon’s Apprenticeship Pays Dividends for Nuttalls

Simon LoweThe Alan Nuttall Partnership Ltd is a large employer in the local area who clearly sees the business benefits of taking on Apprentices to help fill their skills gap.  Specialists in interior fit out and retail display, Nuttalls definitely demonstrate best practice when it comes to supporting apprenticeships and employing apprentices.

They have a skills matrix for all 600 employees across their various sites and take personal development of their staff very seriously. What’s more, they’ve taken on 20 Apprentices over the last two years, mainly in engineering, bench joinery and CAD design, and have retained every one of them. All have now progressed to different levels within the company, convincing Nuttalls to take on many, many more.

Dawn Horton, PA to MD & Apprenticeship Co-ordinator at Nuttalls, says “we first met Simon when the company attended the Dudley College Jobs Fair in April 2012, and he approached me to discuss apprenticeships at Nuttalls. He was studying Plastering at the time. We advised him to move to a Site Carpentry Course and complete Level 1. We would then look to offer him an apprenticeship based on a Bench Joinery Level 2 apprenticeship course.

“Little did I know that at the next Job Fair in April 2013, Simon would approach us once more to say that he was nearing the end of his Site Carpentry Course and would still like to be considered for an apprenticeship. He applied via the recruitment website address and I then arranged an interview. Simon joined the business in June 2013 and is currently studying NVQ Level 2 Bench Joinery.”

Philip Denston, Simon’s manager at Nuttalls recalls “Simon started as a shy young man, lacking in confidence.  Since starting he’s grown so much in confidence and become a valued member of the team.” Dawn Horton adds “With a little coaching Simon has gained the self-confidence to build various store fixtures for some of our corporate clients including Asda, Top Shop, Monsoon, Claire’s Accessories and several more.

“Simon’s work involved building cash desks, customer service desks, perimeter wall panels and mobile merchandised towers. He undertook all these tasks in an excellent manner and now works with minimum supervision. He understands the quality of work that is required and the importance of good workmanship.”

Simon is totally positive about his experience. “I have enjoyed my Apprenticeship with Dudley College and Nuttalls, I have learned so many skills, both on the job and at college.  I see myself working for Nuttalls in five years’ time because of the career opportunities.  My next step is to start the Level 3 ILM Team Leader /Supervisory course and eventually become a Team Leader for Nuttalls.”  

Simon’s tutor is equally positive about Simon’s journey. “Since re-joining college as an apprentice bench joiner he is making excellent progress in all aspects of his course.  He is dedicated, very keen to learn and eager to succeed. “

Horton concurs wholeheartedly. “Simon has shown a great attitude towards learning and we are confident with the experience he is gaining from college and his workplace that he will continue to progress through the business.”

Full credit too must go to his Manager at Nuttalls, Philip Denston and Gary Box, a lecturer at Dudley, both of whom provided outstanding support. And of course, full marks to Dudley College, who were highly flexible and adapted Simon’s advanced level apprenticeship course to suit Nuttalls’ business needs.   

Horton will encourage Simon to start his level 3 course and the ILM Team Leader/Supervisors course.  This will cover the “bespoke” aspects of what they do and help him progress his career with the company.

“The quality of the training from Dudley College was excellent,” says Horton. “Simon has a wide skill set now and, recently, he’s been working on Calvin Klein worldwide for us. All in all, Simon’s an impressive young person, very proactive and a real asset to the company.”

His tutor concludes “I feel Simon should receive this award. He’s shown a desire to work by continuing his education when work opportunities were sparse.  He’s now beginning to see the rewards for his perseverance.  Simon has been very committed to gaining new skills.”

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:40

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