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Starting Off


Shining a light on the star apprentices


For apprentices and their employers, the last few months have been challenging. Sadly, some apprentices have lost their jobs through redundancy, making it harder for them to complete the qualifi cations they have worked so hard towards. Among the bad news though, there has been some brilliant successes. We wanted to take this opportunity to shine a light on those apprentices and their employers that have demonstrated resilience, hard work and positivity through this experience. T e public sector has been an area we have recruited and trained


an increasing number of apprentices in over the last few years; our client list including the NHS, Northampton Borough Council, LGSS and Northamptonshire Partnership Homes, to name but a few. In particular, we have worked closely with many GP practices across the county and currently have apprentices in around 12 medical centres locally, working predominantly in administration and customer service roles. During the pandemic, we have seen an increase in the opportunities for apprenticeships in practices, which has undoubtedly been a challenging time for the staff working in these busy surgeries.


60 ALL THINGS BUSINESS


When we asked our trainers to identify some of those apprentices that have shone through these diffi cult months, it was no surprise that some of the names put forward where those working in these environments. Starting Off have been recruiting for the Greens


Norton and Weedon Medical Practice for the past three years and in that time, we have seen seven apprentices placed, with the majority staying longer term and progressing in their job roles. T e Practice Manager and team are incredibly supportive of the apprentices and work in great partnership with Starting Off . Lula Phillips joined the practice in December


2019 as an administration apprentice and her trainer Lisa has highlighted how she has excelled through the coronavirus pandemic. We asked Lula to tell us a little about her


experience: “I work at the Greens Norton and Weedon Medical Practice and I am doing a Business Administration Apprenticeship with Starting Off. My experience at Starting Off has been educational and enjoyable; it was the perfect opportunity for me to work full-time while also gaining a Business Administration qualifi cation. My experience of being an apprentice during the pandemic has been successful and advantageous, as I have been supported throughout by Starting Off . I’d recommend an apprenticeship with Starting


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