5 March 2019
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Sanctuary Group is committed to apprenticeships and helping young people to succeed and realise their potential.

Since establishing our award-winning national apprenticeship programme in 2008, we have supported more than 1,800 people into work, both directly and indirectly through development partners.

Promoting apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week

During National Apprenticeship Week, we are supporting the Government’s new ‘Fire It Up’ campaign, aimed at promoting apprenticeships to a wider audience and highlighting them as an attractive alternative to more traditional academic routes.

At Sanctuary, we recognise the value of apprenticeships and the enthusiasm and impact that apprentices bring to an organisation.

We currently have more than 220 apprentices across the business, learning their trade in almost 30 different programmes including IT, business and administration, health and social care, plumbing, agriculture and accountancy apprenticeships, as well as many more.

As well as the chance to earn while they learn, Sanctuary apprentices receive high-level on-the-job training, support to receive nationally-recognised qualifications and a strong grounding within a national organisation.

Sanctuary Apprentices Ben Sheehan, Nyah Allen and Abi Bradley

Sanctuary apprentices are on the path to success

By investing in apprenticeships and helping talented young people fulfil their potential, we are also investing in the future of our business. Across Sanctuary Group, former apprentices are performing key roles and playing an important part in the delivery of our services.

Of the 174 people who have completed their apprenticeship with Sanctuary in the last three years, almost 90 per cent have remained with the organisation, either moving into a permanent role or progressing to a higher-level apprenticeship.

One of our success stories is Jade King, who started out on a business and administration apprenticeship back in 2011. Having completed her apprenticeship, Jade is now executive personal assistant (PA) to the Chief Executive and, with Sanctuary’s support, has subsequently achieved a first-class honours degree in business and accounting.

Elsewhere, accountancy apprentice Ben Hyde was named Apprentice of the Year at the 2017 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, while Matthew Spellar, George Baldwin and Harry Eales each won individual accolades at the 2018 Worcestershire Group Training Association (WGTA) Awards.

Sanctuary Apprentices George Baldwin and Harry Eales celebrating their awards with Michelle Wood

“An exciting time for apprenticeships”

At Sanctuary Group, we believe the future is bright for apprenticeships and the organisations that commit to investing in them.

We are continuing to develop our apprenticeship programme with new offerings, including higher apprenticeships within our care business, and have recently registered our very first degree-level IT apprenticeship.

And we are committed to promoting the benefits that apprenticeships bring to the workplace.

Several of our current apprentices, such as Braiden Hartles and Libby Harris, are Young Apprentice Ambassadors for the West Midlands, playing an important role in promoting apprenticeships to young people and employers across the region.

Michelle Wood, Sanctuary’s Group Head of Learning and Development, said: “We’re extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme and the fact that it has supported so many young people into work and to develop their skills over the last 11 years.

“It’s an exciting time for apprenticeships, with greater awareness than ever before and more choices and opportunities for the people considering their futures.”

Nicole Seymour, Group Director - Corporate Services, added: “Sanctuary is committed to investing in its people and providing opportunities to help them develop their skills, realise their ambitions, and reach their full potential.

“Our apprenticeship programme does just that, with these young people becoming an important part of our workforce and making a significant contribution to our success.”