Traineeship Success - Jonny Goggles

This week is Apprenticeship Week, nationally organised to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the impact they have on individuals. As part of this, each day we’ll be showcasing some of our apprenticeship and traineeship success stories.

Today we shine the spotlight on traineeships…

Working in partnership with Hugh Baird College’s Traineeship Coordinator, Monica Powell, opticians Jonny Goggles offered work experience to students on traineeship programmes at the College. As a result, they now employ student, Eve Murphy, an apprenticeship.

Monica explained:

“A traineeship is for young people, aged 16-24, who have little experience in the workplace. Through the traineeship programme, we teach them employability skills so that they learn how to present themselves within the workplace. At the same time, they also complete a quality work placement which enhances their CV and provides them with references.”
“Eve enrolled on a Traineeship at Hugh Baird College in September 2016 and, as part of the programme, completed work experience at City Centre opticians, Jonny Goggles. Three months later, she was offered an apprenticeship there and is now working towards a level 2 Diploma in Customer Services.”

Alicia Brady is the Manager at Jonny Goggles. She said:

“We chose to offer the traineeship and apprenticeship at Jonny Goggles just to give the young people the opportunity to mix in with the working environment and see what it’s like to have a full time job. For me personally, I feel it’s helping the students grow. Seeing them progress from being a student all the way into full time work. We put a lot of time into training the students so that they’re ready for that full time work at the end of the apprenticeship. I managed to work my way up from the bottom which I’m quite proud of so hopefully that’s something Eve may be able to do within our company too.”

Monica added:

“We currently offer traineeships in childcare, health and social care, construction, business administration, customer service and retail. The ultimate goal is for the student to progress either into further study at a higher level, onto an apprenticeship, or into employment. Over the three month traineeship programme, we see the students’ confidence grow and their employability skills develop and it’s great to see students like Eve succeeding in achieving their goals.”

An apprenticeship is a training programme designed to allow the learner to train within both an academic and true working environment. The main benefit of employing an apprentice is that the course allows them to begin work instantly whilst also improving their skill levels continuously. Apprentices can be integrated into an organisation whilst they study so that, on the completion of the course, they are fully prepared to become a well rounded and adapted member of staff.

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills from organisations operating within industry. Apprentices also receive training, usually on a day–release basis, towards nationally recognised qualifications.

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If you would like to take on an apprentice or would like to enrol as one yourself contact our team:
Tel. 0151 353 4456


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