In support of National Apprenticeship week, Serco has pledged to have 1,000 employees undertaking apprenticeships in the UK by the end of the year, an increase of more than 33 per cent on its current numbers.
As part of this commitment, the company is recruiting two new Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices (CDMA) in Enterprise Architecture. During 2015 Serco led a group of 40 employers and universities to develop the standards for this new degree level apprenticeship in management, in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Separately, nine existing apprentices from across the business will this week be job shadowing a member of Serco’s executive team to broaden their knowledge of the business and gain insight into what it’s like to run a large, multinational business.
Serco is one of the UK’s Top 100 employers of apprentices and currently supports around 750 apprentices in its UK business and a further 600 apprentices externally through a direct contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Apprentices are recruited and trained via the company’s central Vocational Services team, a registered training organisation. The team was first established in 2002 so that Serco could train its own aircraft engineers due to a national skills shortage. It has since expanded its remit and curriculum to deliver over 25 different apprenticeships, as well as other work-based training programmes relating to more than 200 job roles across a range of different sectors including custodial care, fitness and leisure, facilities management and aeronautical engineering.
Liz Benison, chief executive of Serco’s Local & Regional Government division said:
“Serco is proud to support National Apprenticeship Week and make a pledge to boost the number of apprentices within our UK business. I strongly believe in apprenticeships as a way of building the skills of existing and potential employees. We have attracted some hugely talented young people into the company through our apprenticeship programme and they are having a positive impact on the business, but we want even more recruits with the energy, enthusiasm and commitment needed to help us manage important public services.”