Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation employs a sports coach apprentice through Sunderland College. Their apprentice has already become a real asset to the company.
Sarah Rowntree, Administration Officer at Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation, shared her experience of how an apprentice can grow a business.
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How has employing an apprentice helped your business?
Employing an apprentice means we are able to provide extra support to staff to enable them to concentrate on their roles, without the cost implications of an additional full-time member of staff.
How has your apprentice developed on-the-job skills?
Our apprentice’s confidence in delivery is showing as he progresses and his coaching skills and interaction with peers and those he coaches is improving continually.
What assets has an apprentice brought to your business?
Our apprentice is enthusiastic and willing to help. He is eager to learn about the role and company and get involved in all aspects. He also brings a fresh perspective into the company.
Would you recommend the apprenticeship scheme to other businesses?
Yes, definitely! We have had apprentices for a number of years now and several of them have remained employed with us once the apprenticeship has ended. It gives us the opportunity to bring in a member of staff and train them on-the-job in the way we want them to work. As a small charity we could not afford to pay another qualified member of staff so this works really well for us.
What support have you received from Sunderland College?
Our contact at Sunderland College is friendly and approachable and willing to help with any queries. Our apprentice benefits from the knowledge and the experience of his tutors at College and is able to bring this into his role within the office and on-site coaching. Our apprentice has fast become an asset to the company. He is friendly and helpful and has settled in very well. He is eager to help in all aspects and is well liked by his peers and those he coaches (of all ages).