Keen to find staff who were truly work-ready and realistic about the task in hand, Kim Harris, manager at Beehive Nursery decided to offer Traineeships as her first stage of recruitment. Since then she’s provided placements for two learndirect trainees and feels it’s been such a positive experience, she’d recommend Traineeships to other businesses.
Kim explains the benefits of Traineeships:
“Some time ago I worked with another organisation to offer three Apprenticeships in the nursery. The provider put forward five people and I interviewed all of them but found some were not work ready. They were excellent in interview but when it came to the week trial, the gaps in their knowledge started to show.
“We took on two of the five and they are excellent, we certainly selected the right people however the experience showed me some people need to have experience in the workplace before they decide whether this is for them and before we make the investment.
“Through the Traineeship I can give them exactly that. They can come here and work with the children. They experience the reality and this helps them decide whether the job is for them and helps us decide whether they are right for this particular nursery.
“This has been a very positive experience. We have two trainees who came to us through learndirect. We’ve been able to spend time with them showing them the reality of working in a nursery. They’ve learnt a lot here which they can’t learn in a classroom.
“Because they are quite young they have a level of enthusiasm which gives the place a buzz. They are lovely to have around and the children think they are brilliant.
“They still have a few months to go but we’re confident that both would make great apprentices if that’s the route they decide to take.”