Fifty members of our staff have embarked on apprenticeship courses in the past year.
And we’re hoping that a further 50 will embark on on-the-job training in the next 12 months.
To mark National Apprenticeship Week, a number of our partner training organisations joined us at our headquarters to share course details with staff interested in boosting their skills.
From our transport and engineering workshops, through to members of our finance team and other departments’ managers, WMFS staff are studying towards a range of qualifications to help them provide excellent service to their colleagues and communities.
We make a monthly contribution to a national fund for apprenticeships, on which we can then draw to offer our staff work-based training leading to nationally recognised qualifications.
By working with training providers including a number of West Midlands colleges and universities, we are often able to offer staff tailor-made courses which directly complement their roles. These include our Complex Needs Officers.
Group Commander Steve Harris, who heads up our Organisational Learning and People Development team, said: “Apprenticeships aren’t exclusive to young people leaving education – they also offer a valuable opportunity to up-skill existing staff.
“We’re committed to offering quality apprenticeships which help our staff access on-the-job development, mentoring and line manager support whilst studying.
“Opportunities for apprenticeships can arise when we recruit someone new or need to develop the skills of an existing employee or team.
“Apprenticeships enable us to develop and invest in talented individuals for their own career progression, as potential future leaders and, ultimately, for the benefit of the West Midlands as a whole.”