SWM believes in investing in its people and providing opportunities for individuals to develop their careers. During 2017/18 five new starters joined their supported learning environment to develop skills and knowledge.
In partnership with Petroc, SWM gave placements working towards an Apprenticeship in Business and Administration Level 2 to Maria Dart, a Trainee Transport/Sales Administrator; Roxanne Murdoch a Trainee HR & Finance Administrator and Joe Wilson-Palmer a Trainee Customer Service Administrator.
Further placements went to Connor Dean & Alex Graham, Waste Recycling Envoys based on a customer’s site on the South Coast and have beenworking towards an Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage Level 2. Alex has now completed his qualification and been offered full time employment.
Managing Director, Martin Mogford said “We wanted a programme with a pathway leading to a National Vocational Qualification and recruited Apprentices with a view to actively participating in their development plans. This has seen our apprentices use information technology systems, participate in formal training, meetings and other events designed to improve communication, build confidence and assist their development.”
The Apprentices have also participated in a reverse mentoring programme with other members of the team, where everyone has benefited from the exchange of knowledge and information. In addition, they have been part of a project team looking at cost reduction and new initiatives. As part of the project they have been able to share their views on challenging issues where their lack of experience has been an advantage, bringing a fresh perspective and raising new awareness.
Julie Brown, HR Manager, said “Our apprentices have brought a breath of fresh air with their ‘can do’ willingness and enthusiasm. They have joined a diverse workforce and enriched our outlook. They have embraced contemporary communication channels, including social media and are making a positive contribution to our continuing success.”
SWM invested in an Apprenticeship Programme to help individuals develop, gain experience, add value, and secure employment. Commenting on the programme Julie brown said, “We have been enormously impressed and intend to offer them full time employment in the future.”