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Off because it allows you to learn, work and gain a recognised qualifi cation.’ Her manager Elaine Stephens added: “Lula is a


loyal and dedicated apprentice who has brought fresh perspectives to the team. She has quickly progressed through her training which we have had to adapt due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time Lula and I have welcomed the help and support provided by Starting Off .” Lisa Lucas who is Trainer at Starting Off said:


“Currently we have four active apprentices at the Greens Norton and Weedon Medical Centres who are all excelling in their apprenticeship programmes. Lula has adapted very well to the change in training delivery and remote style of learning without any hindrance. I am very proud of the determination and eff ort she is putting into her work.” Summer, who works at Parklands Surgery in


Rushden, has also been recognised for her outstanding work. She said: “For the past eight months, I have been more than fortunate to have had the opportunity of working at Parklands Surgery to complete my Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration. T roughout my apprenticeship I have worked closely with my trainers, Lisa and Chloe, at Starting Off , completing a range of assessments and task to my best ability with their constant support. During the pandemic, Chloe and Lisa carried out all visits via telephone and checked


in with me a couple times a week to ensure I was getting on okay, and whenever I required further work to do, they were always more than happy to help me get set onto the next requirements. “Working at Parklands Surgery during the pandemic has been an


experience I will never forget. Being a patient-facing service, we had to adapt to so many changes and prioritise infection control, so we were able to off er the safest experience for our patients, as well as ourselves. Patient facing appointments quickly turned to telephone calls, but we never shut our doors or turned away the patients, which was lovely, as we still had human interaction. T e support I have had from my manager, colleagues and Starting Off has been amazing and I have learnt so much in such little time.” Practice Manager Mandy Hack said: “Employing an apprentice has


been a new venture for us at Parklands Surgery. We felt it would be a good opportunity to provide a young person with training in all aspects of general practice administration. Starting Off were professional and supportive from our fi rst contact, taking comprehensive details of our requirements and recommending applicants for interview. “I recommend employing an apprentice with Starting Off . T e


course work given to Summer has been tailor-made to run alongside our training and she has been provided with excellent support and guidance along the way by Chloe and Lisa.” Another sector where we have experienced excellent growth is IT.


Starting Off now deliver the Level 3 IT Infrastructure Technician Course which is an excellent qualifi cation for apprentices taking the fi rst steps, or progressing in their job role, working in fi rst and second line support, as a help desk technician or in infrastructure or network support. With many businesses working from home and the rise of virtual meetings, having excellent technical support is now a must. T e programme is looked after by IT trainer


Linda Taylor, who has been with the business for seven years. Linda has put forward Tyler Reeve as her star apprentice. Tyler said: “I am currently doing an IT


apprenticeship with Socitm Advisory. At the start of the apprenticeship, I was going into Starting Off once a week to complete my work. However, due to the pandemic, my work had to be completed from home, with the entire company working remotely. T e IT systems that Socitm Advisory and Starting Off use, enabled me to carry on with my apprenticeship with no issues. “I would recommend anyone looking for an


apprenticeship to contact Starting Off to start their career.” Group IT Manager - Adam Goldsmith added:


“Tyler joined our company during a period of vast growth. Tyler’s attitude and willingness to learn was exactly what we were looking for. During Tyler’s time, he has made a massive impact on our staff but also to the smooth running of the department. He was fortunate to take part in a large project for one of our clients and received amazing feedback from their HR team, as well as building on his skill set.”


Find out more about apprenticeships at Starting Off by contacting katie.goodall@startingoff .co.uk or call 01604 622855


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