The Value of Apprentices at Cummins Mellor - NAW2014

The Value of Apprentices at Cummins Mellor – National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Cummins Mellor has been employing apprentices for years and many are still with us today. As it’s National Apprenticeship week, we thought we’d profile our current and former apprentices, many of whom have advanced to senior positions within the business.

Here’s some apprenticeship facts and figures

The 2012/13 academic year saw 510,000 apprenticeships start in businesses across the country. Although this is 10,000 less than the previous year it’s 231,000 more than the 2009/10 academic year.

These figures mean that between 2002/03 and 2012/13 the number of apprenticeship starts have increased by over 200%. A staggering 45% of apprentices are now over the age of 25 compared to just 18% in the 2009/10 academic year.

So why are apprenticeships on the rise, particularly with older age groups?

In the 2013 Autumn Statement, the government committed to providing an additional £40 million for 20,000 more new higher apprenticeship starts over the 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years, making apprentices far more appealing to employers.

The significant increase in university fees over the last few years has resulted in students looking to apprenticeships as they would rather ‘earn while they learn’. In a society where a degree no longer guarantees you a job at the end of your studies, we’re finding less people taking the risk and opting to go straight into work to gain experience as well as qualifications.

Apprentices at Cummins Mellor

We’re big on apprenticeships here at Cummins Mellor recruitment and it’s easy to see why when you see the excellent calibre of candidates we attract.

An apprentice at Cummins Mellor isn’t somebody who shuffles paper around a desk all day or does the shredding, they’re given real responsibilities and encouraged to grow and become an integral member of staff within the organisation.

Meet our army of current apprentices and those who started with us as apprentices and have risen through the ranks over the years;

Current Apprentices

Anya Ryan

anya ryan hospitality apprenticeAge: 19
Joined us: September 2013
Currently studying: NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration
Position: Administration Assistant for our Relied Chef Recruitment Team

Anya didn’t think University was for her but still wanted to gain more qualifications after college.

“An apprenticeship was the ideal route for me to go down. I enjoy learning new things every day and feel I am beginning to think more commercially which is something I would find difficult to do in an academic environment”

Anya’s advice to anybody considering an apprenticeship:
“GO FOR IT! It’s a great way to earn money, learn and work!”


Former Apprentices

Alice Wrigley

alice wrigley former apprenticeAge: 21
Joined us: August 2008
Studied: NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Business Administration
Position: Operations Manager of our CRB Checking division Personnel Checks

Alice joined us straight after leaving school and now manages a team of 6

“I was 100% sure that I wanted to start work straight away after I left School even though most of my friends went on to study at College. Working in a business environment from a young age means I know a lot more about how businesses work than most other people my age.

Alice’s advice to anybody considering an apprenticeship:
“Work as hard as you can and expose yourself to as many situations possible, soak it all in and push yourself out of your comfort zone.”


Ryan Sidley

ryan sidley former apprenticeAge: 23
Joined us: May 2008
Studied: NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Business Administration
Current Position: Business Development Manager

Ryan wasn’t enjoying studying for his A Levels at college and decided he wanted to enter into full time employment.

“I became an apprentice for Cummins Mellor and immediately thrived in an environment where I was treat like an adult and enjoyed the responsibility which given to me right at the start of my career with Cummins Mellor.”

Ryan’s advice to anybody considering an apprenticeship:

“I would definitely recommend apprenticeships! They allow you gain valuable work experience whilst obtaining qualifications and earning a bit of money at the same time. You will learn so much during an apprenticeship, particularly at the beginning, and the opportunities are endless. You can undertake an apprenticeship in just about anything so there is bound to be something that interests you.”


Sammy Hough

sammy hough former apprenticeAge: 22
Joined us: September 2011
Studied: NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Business Administration
Current Position: Marketing Co-ordinator

After completing her A Levels, Sammy knew she didn’t want to go to university and decided to enter into an apprenticeship.

“I’m amazed when I look back and see how far I have come since joining Cummins Mellor. I have a great deal of responsibility within the business and I’m carrying out tasks on a daily basis which I never dreamed I would be capable of doing”

Sammy’s advice to anybody considering an apprenticeship
“If you’re unsure what career path you want to go down after leaving school or feel like you’re only going to university because it’s what all your friends are doing. You should definitely take a step back and consider an apprenticeship. I’m so glad I did, I love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else!”



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