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Employing apprentices can be a challenging prospect. Joe Parry, learning and development manager at HSS Hire, talks to Jo Faragher about how the hire shop built its apprenticeship programme.
For Parry, offering apprenticeships to young people has a personal resonance. When he left school, he joined the Youth Training Scheme - an on-the-job training programme - which gave him his first insight into working life.
“I believe in vocational qualifications and giving young people the opportunity to gain some qualifications along the way,” he says. “The first permanent job I got was through my tutor, and it gave me a good work ethic and a tonne of experience.”
When Parry joined HSS, the company offered apprenticeships, but on more of an ad-hoc basis with multiple suppliers, so he put together a proposal for an apprenticeship programme with a more strategic focus.
“We’re lucky to have a fantastic CEO on board who believes in the value of apprenticeships and investing in people. Of course we were also able to demonstrate a commercial value too but this was ver