The Pepper UK apprentice scheme has grown significantly. The scheme launched with two apprentices and we have since had more than 20 pass through our doors on a structured 2-year talent program. The programme offers an alternative career path to university which aims to help young talented adults strengthen their understanding of businesses and develop their key skills and capabilities.
Pepper UK has also collaborated with local schools and colleges to offer young adults a chance to get a taste of working life through the scheme.
On 20th November Pepper UK worked with Watford UTC to support local students by giving them workplace experience through an assessment day, which consisted of: interviews, group activities and individual assessments. It is planned that this will be followed up with opportunities for workplace shadowing where students will be mentored by Pepper employees in various departments.
Gerry McHugh, CEO of Pepper’s Servicing Division explains why Pepper seek to help students:
“Pepper’s mission statement is to help people succeed. We offer apprenticeships to young adults so that they can have a choice. Pepper wants to be able offer apprentices experience and the chance to learn key skills from mentors, helping them make informed decisions about their future at an early stage. We also help them learn how to apply some of our core values into real life so that they have a can-do approach, have the ability to make balanced decisions and always ‘keep it real’.”
Pepper are always looking to create opportunities for future workplace shadowing, and this can be seen in their results. In the last two years they have offered 18 apprentices a permanent job and sent one apprentice on an international secondment to Australia.
Lisa Williams, Assistant Director at Watford UTC shares some thoughts about the collaboration,
“We are delighted to be given the opportunity of developing an employer partnership with Pepper UK. A selected group of Year 12 and 13 students were given the fantastic experience of an Apprenticeship Assessment Day. This real-life experience will prove invaluable for our students in preparing them for their future careers. We look forward to building on this already strong relationship.”
Here are some testimonials from our students on the day:
“The Pepper apprenticeship day was a very insightful experience where I learnt about the range of apprenticeship courses that Pepper UK offer. It was a good experience which I would recommend to other students who are looking at pursuing an apprenticeship in the future”
“The Pepper apprenticeship assessment day was a great experience; we met new people, had the chance to take part in group activities and got to practise our interview skills. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I want to thank the Pepper company for having us”
Pepper are planning to support local communities further by offering more schools and colleges the chance to take part in the apprentice programme to help more students get an understanding of the choices they face, how to overcome challenges and shape their own future.