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Apprenticeship Programme Takes Shape at PSI Global Specialist Recruitment

Apprenticeship Programme Takes Shape at PSI Global Specialist Recruitment

PSI Global Specialist Recruitment is taking part in an apprenticeship programme with Asset Training & Consultancy Ltd, giving young people local to the head office in Liverpool an opportunity to gain experience within the construction recruitment sector.

Three apprentices have been hired to work in various areas of the business to generate a well-rounded idea of the recruitment industry and what path they might want to take in their careers.

The Apprenticeship Programme

PSI Global has partnered with Merseyside based company Asset Training & Consultancy Ltd, a company that specialises in “the delivery of apprenticeships from intermediate to higher level, traineeships, commercial courses, and functional skills.” Each programme the apprentice goes through with Asset Training caters to both the employer and apprentices needs and goals. Over the years the apprenticeship company has seen an above national average achievement rate of 80-85%.

The programme is tailored for each apprentice and the role they’ve taken on. Each apprentice is assessed on their tailored programme rather than industry standards that may not be applicable to what they’re working towards. “We tailor qualifications to suit the needs of the business where the apprentice is,” said Tom Bates, Business Development Manager at Asset Training. “This is so that on and off the job training can marry up enough to ensure the learner is always engaged in learning.”

The three apprentices at PSI Global will take part in an in-depth training programme to help give them a full understanding of who the company are, who the company works with, how they operate, and what is expected of each apprentice in their new role. This takes place in the first couple of weeks, and following this they will get started with the day-to-day tasks that they will continue with throughout the programme, giving them the skills and experience needed to continue in their chosen career.

Their day-to-day tasks include assignments set by their assessor and are given opportunities to learn about how other teams work. By taking part in other projects around the office, the apprentices are getting a well-rounded look at how PSI Global works, forming part of their off the job learning. Giving the apprentices a more well-rounded view of the company gives them further opportunity to decide on their career path.

The programme is an ideal way for young professionals to learn relevant skills on the job while building experience for their CV. “I think apprenticeships are an ideal opportunity to offer young people,” said Operations Manager Sarah Ainsworth. “College and/or university isn’t for everyone, and many young people struggle to get a foot in the door because many companies want people who already have ‘x’ amount of experience. But how can people get the experience if they aren’t given the opportunities in the first place?”

Meet the Apprentices

PSI Global has hired three apprentices this year to work with the team in our head office in Liverpool. The three roles cover database administration, recruitment administration (industrial services), and resourcing.

Megan Parr has joined our growing Industrial Services team this summer doing recruitment administration. Her main task will be to help the team arrange security clearance and compliance. Of her start at PSI Global, Parr shared that she, “decided to join PSI Global as an apprentice because I wanted a new challenge.”

“PSI is teaching me so much about construction recruitment and how interesting it really is, the whole team has made the process into the company so easy and comfortable for me.”

Working as a Database Administrator is Ryan Hughes, the first of the company’s three apprentice hires. Hughes will be working to update PSI Global’s extensive database of candidates, reaching out to applicants in the system to update their information and discuss potential opportunities with them.

“My experiences so far at PSI Global have been nothing shy of interesting,” said Hughes. “I’ve managed to learn so much in a small window, including payrolls, formal communication, and time management, though most of my time is spent doing database management.”

Hughes shared that his college was extremely helpful in finding out what he was interested in doing with his career, allowing him flexibility in where he was placed.

The final apprentice to join the team was Thomas Spike, currently providing crucial resourcing support as a Recruitment Administration Apprentice for the Construction and Engineering team. Spike joins the company with some recruitment experience already, recently with the NHS, and is looking forward to learning the ropes in the construction recruitment industry.

“I’m looking forward to developing my skills and furthering my progression in this field,” said Spike. “Everyone has been extremely welcoming and friendly, offering any support I need. I am extremely grateful to PSI for giving me this opportunity and I hope I can prove myself during my time here.”

Apprenticeship Development at PSI Global

A 2017 survey found that 86% of employees who had taken part in an apprenticeship programme found it to be beneficial. PSI Global have themselves benefited from apprenticeship development in the past.

Roughly 40% of the company’s operational employees started their recruitment careers as apprentices in either administrative or supportive roles. These employees were given opportunities to develop their careers over time and are now in senior positions such as Operations Manager and Divisional Manager.

“Our directors have always believed in providing opportunities for young people and supporting people to grow within the company,” said Ainsworth who herself started as an apprentice.

Looking Ahead

Following the first Covid lockdown, the construction industry has experienced a boom and the recruitment team at PSI Global has been keeping busy as a result. “All three apprentices have hit the ground running, and we’re excited to see where their journeys with PSI Global take them,” said Ainsworth.

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