National Apprenticeship Week (8 - 14 February)
National Apprenticeship Week 2021 takes place from 8th to 14th February this year and celebrates apprenticeship opportunities businesses offer. The aim of the national week is to demonstrate the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.
The Week will also recognise how employers of all sizes have stepped up to various challenges during this unprecedented time. We’ve all been through a turbulent year and we’re continuing to navigate some challenging times, but we’re keen to shine a light on the success we’ve had in the past and hold it as a guiding light for better times ahead for us all.
While we’re not taking on any new apprentices now, due to the pandemic, we have done in the past and will continue to do so in the future. We thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about one of our many successes over the last few years.
As a business, you can learn a lot from an apprentice. Sometimes seen as the ‘non-conventional’ way of entering work, apprenticeships have been for many years now a way of ‘getting a trade’ and progressing successfully through a business. Hands on experience is often the best asset for any business and by investing in staff who are keen to learn and progress often builds loyalty.
Just one of our success stories, is Joe Ayres. Joe is currently a Maintenance Engineer at our Local Generation plant. He completed his Apprenticeship and has continued further studies in engineering with our team.
Joe started working for the group in 2013 as an apprentice after completing his AS-Levels, following a year at college Joe decided he wanted to move into an engineering career. During his time with us he completed a three-year work-based advanced diploma, a level 3 BTEC and a level 4 HND, which the BioteCH4 group funded on his behalf.
Joe, like many others who start work as an apprentice for any company, become a valuable member of the team and often progress through various levels of seniority and roles across the business to achieve their aspirations of working within their chosen sector, which for Joe was Engineering.
Joe has had lots of opportunities come his way during the time he’s been with BioteCH4 and he feels valued by a business that has invested in him and sees his potential.
“I’ve had a great time with the group, and I'm thrilled they saw potential in me and have helped drive me along my learning journey with support and encouragement when needed.”
“It’s great to be part of a growing business, it’s changing all the time and no one day is the same as the other, which is one of the reasons I love working here.” Joe said when we interviewed him.
We are supporting Joe with starting his operator’s competency certification (WAMITAB) as this is an important business need, and will continue to support him and our other colleagues. Through our leadership we are committed to developing a workforce that lives and breathes our values, one that loves working for BioteCH4 and that delivers exceptional service for our customers.
How do we do this? We lead by example; we continually invest in our staff through training and develop associations with industry recognised providers of education and sector qualifications.
If you’d like to know more about working for the BioteCH4 group, then we’d love to hear from you. Although we’re not actively recruiting right now; we know our current and future success lies with our expert teams across the UK, so we’re happy to receive interest from those currently working within the waste management or AD sector. Please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, across all our plants up and down the UK for their hard work, commitment and flexibility during these challenging times. We could not do this without them and for that we’re truly grateful!