UTC South Durham needed extra Business Administration support to help them grow. As an education provider, employing an apprentice seemed a logical choice and DurhamWorks helped them to source suitable candidates.
UTC South Durham opened in Newton Aycliffe in September 2016 as a University Technical College preparing 14-19 year olds for a career in the advanced manufacturing sector.
As a busy, growing college, UTC were looking to employ a Business Administrator and felt it made sense to employ an apprentice to work in their educational environment.
Staff at the college had positive experiences of working with apprentices in the past, so when UTC’s Business Engagement Manager, Catherine, met DurhamWorks Business Advisor, Lynne, at a networking event they were keen to get involved.
Lynne selected a shortlist of appropriate candidates who met the job specification written by UTC, including successful candidate, Naomi, and also helped them to apply for funding which they used to pay some of her salary.
Jean Bell, UTC Business Manager, said “The process was easy, very quick and efficient. We’d definitely use DurhamWorks again. Naomi’s very mature and takes every opportunity to learn. She quickly became a much valued and respected member of our team. Employing apprentices is a great opportunity to build a team who are ideally trained to suit your business and it’s really rewarding to be able to support home-grown talent. We’re hoping to recruit some more specialist roles in a similar way.”
Naomi has created extra capacity in the college’s admin team and being of an age with the students, has a great relationship with both them and the other staff.
Existing staff are not only supporting Naomi in her role, but learning from her too. Naomi’s been able to teach the team more about social media and they’re finding it really useful to be able to see things from a young person’s point of view.
If you’re interested in employing a young person to help your business grow and learn, visit www.durhamworks.info/employers to find out how DurhamWorks can help.