Wednesday, December 4, 2013

News: Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy celebrates first year of success

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Rotherham's fast growing national specialist recruiter, Stafforce, recently celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy.

With a head office on Percy Street in Rotherham town centre and over 150 staff and has a UK-wide network of 27 sites, Stafforce offers a range of services to clients through its Stafforce Recruitment and Nicholas Associates brands.

The academy was first launched in September 2012 to make it easier for businesses across the UK to benefit from having apprentices working as part of their team.

Apprenticeship Training Academy status means that Stafforce directly employs apprentices on behalf of clients, reducing businesses' risks and making the whole process of recruiting, developing and supporting an apprentice much more straightforward.

In the past year the academy has employed 142 apprentices to place with 22 host employers and is working with 17 training providers across the UK. The ATA also had 100% apprentice to employment exit strategy on completion of Apprenticeship agreements.

During this year, the Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy also successfully joined forces with the Brinsworth Academy of Engineering to help them hire apprentices in the engineering business.

Jacqueline Lovewell, head of the Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy, said: "It has been a challenging but enjoyable year for us. We have developed great relationships along the way and hope to keep on building new ones this coming year."

Established in 1977 by local entrepreneur, now chairman, Nick Cragg, Stafforce is a £60m business and on track to becoming a £100m operation.

Vicki Nee has recently joined the Nicholas Associates team to help develop and drive forward successful business opportunities with new and existing clients across the UK. Vicki worked on the Stafforce business four years ago, working closely with chief executive Ian Anderson as he began to shape his vision for Stafforce, offering added value services to clients that were over and beyond those of the traditional recruiter.

The range of added-value services it offers to clients now includes offering temporary and permanent recruitment, executive search and selection, business improvement and organisational development, learning and talent development, robotics and automation, software development and access to Apprenticeships.

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