Thursday, February 6, 2014

News: Stafforce to roll out apprenticeship agency nationwide


Fast growing national specialist recruiter, Stafforce, has announced plans to extend its Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) nationwide, aiming for 550 new placements with employers across the UK this year.

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 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.

It led to the creation of the South Yorkshire hub, based in Rotherham, helping employers, apprentices and other candidates to find a suitable match. Staff from the Wakefield branch of Stafforce Recruitment transferred to Rotherham, which acts as a strategic hub co-ordinating all business activities across South Yorkshire.

The ATA's recruitment and management service is delivered both onsite and in classroom sessions with training providers, who are selected to suit the needs of host companies from a choice of the best on the market. To date, 142 apprentices have been successfully placed with Yorkshire and Humberside host companies.

Jacqueline Lovewell, head of the ATA at Satfforce, said: "Employers can gain all the competitive advantage to be had when embracing Apprenticeships, while minimising their risk. Apprentices are a very potent means to cultivate the talent of the future, lift a company's skill base and create a committed, able, highly competitive workforce.

"At the same time employment levels, local economies and personal outcomes are all boosted, as young people earn while they learn real life skills and gain relevant, industry-recognised qualifications."

Total Lindsey Oil Refinery in Hull is one example where the ATA is working for the business. Operations training co-ordinator, Kevin Smith, explained: "Working with the ATA boosted our Apprenticeship programme in the local area and developed skills for our industry. The service allows us to sponsor apprentices through the academy and get help in the recruitment phase, with Stafforce's team undertaking payroll, contracts and employment, as well as providing overall support for the youngsters.

"The ATA model has worked really well for us and we directly employed eight of the apprentices that went through our programme in 2012/13."

Stafforce website

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