Vision Independent Financial Planning
Although fairly new to apprenticeships, Vision Independent Financial Planning can already see the benefit of using apprentices in the business.
Having welcomed their first tranche of Level 2 business administration apprentices in October 2017, one of which has elected to progress to a Level 3 apprenticeship, Vision has already been presented with an outstanding employer award from their training provider Truro and Penwith College.
Two existing employees are now undertaking management apprenticeships through the scheme.
Vision Independent Financial Planning is a business network for independent financial advisors across the country. Its Falmouth-based head office offers administrative and back office support to 140 advisors.
Jenifer Hall, Admin Team Manager at Vision, said: “As a business, we were looking at courses for our existing employees to do to and it made so much sense for them to do an apprenticeship.
“I think that we owe it to young people in Cornwall to give something back to the community, and businesses have a duty to look out for the future generations.
“Apprentices bring great and new ideas to a business, and existing employees can also develop their skills through training and mentoring.
“Often, businesses who are thinking of taking on apprentices are concerned that potential apprentices will have no experience or understanding of the business. However, I think it’s a chance to mould a person into the employee that the business needs.
“When an employer genuinely wants an apprentice to succeed, that investment creates more loyal staff for a business.”
Thomas Hyde is undertaking a Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship and was named Business Administration Apprentice of the Year at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards last year.
He said: “I wanted to be an apprentice ever since I left school and when the job at Vision came up, I couldn’t resist applying for it. Being an apprentice has been a really good experience for me and has brought me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to take on new responsibilities. Apprenticeships are definitely the best way to get experience with the added benefit of a qualification in the end.”
Maria Moloney is a working towards a Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeship.
She said: “My aspirations are to develop my knowledge and skillset when it comes to managing a team of people and motivating them to achieve excellence. I felt it was necessary to educate myself and learn through experience, therefore I applied for an apprenticeship. This has come to be the best decision I have ever made for my learning development as the bi-weekly classes provide plenty of information and support. I have gained a much wider perspective of my involvement as a team leader and now feel able to progress my career further towards a managerial role.”