Fifield Glyn are a chartered surveyors, commercial property consultants, residential block management specialists and real estate valuers. With locations in Manchester, Cheshire and London, they worked with Total People to recruit an accountancy apprentice (AAT Level 3).
What made you want to recruit an apprentice?
We needed to strengthen our existing accounts team and felt that this presented an ideal training and development opportunity for a young person.
What are the benefits of recruiting an apprentice?
The benefits are manifold - it brings new ideas, perspective, energy and enthusiasm to our accounts team. It also allows existing staff to develop as they have become involved in welcoming, training and supporting a new team member. It is also hoped that as our apprentice, Charlie Muir, engages in his learning with Total People, awareness of the AAT standards will be shared across the accounts team.
What are the benefits of upskilling existing employees through apprenticeships, both for a business and a member of staff?
There are many. Staff would be offered personal challenge and enhanced personal development which may lead to the achievement of qualifications that they have not undertaken previously. As a business, using the apprenticeship framework would allow us and our staff to benchmark their skills against external professional standards and potentially bring in new ideas for improvement, change and more efficient working practices.
How important is it to keep apprentices in learning, especially in the current climate?
It is extremely important to keep apprentices in learning in the current climate so they continue to develop, learn and progress.
As a business we need to be able to not only service our existing business, but also to ensure we are well prepared for new challenges and business opportunities as they arise, and we feel that the apprentice scheme helps us to do this.
Talk us through the recruitment process – how easy was it to recruit through Total People?
Paul Johnson from Total People’s Business Support Team explained their offer to us while Karen Carruthers, Recruitment & Engagement Officer, advised and supported us at every stage of the recruitment process. When we successfully recruited Charlie, we were contacted immediately by Heather Newton, Accounts Learning Coach, who clearly explained how the training would work, what we needed to do to get the training started and also what support we needed to offer Charlie during his first few weeks with us and beyond.
Why did you choose to work with Total People as an apprenticeship provider?
We chose to work with Total People as were aware of their solid reputation as an apprenticeship provider and also the fact that they offered the AAT Level 3 qualification that we wanted our apprentice to pursue.
In addition, we knew that Total People had offices local to our business in Northwich which offered us flexibility with regards to Charlie’s training.
Would you recommend Total People to other employers?
We would wholeheartedly recommend Total People to other employers based on their support so far. It has been a pleasure to work with them at every step of the way.
John Fifield, Chairman of Fifield Glyn:
“We found Total People to be extremely helpful in finding us an apprentice for our accounts department. Charlie has been with us for three weeks and we are delighted with his attitude and hard work.”
Nicole Smith, Assistant Company Secretary:
“Total People have helped us to recruit an enthusiastic, committed and reliable accounts apprentice and their service has been first class.”
Charlie Muir, Accounts Apprentice:
“I am really pleased to have started my new apprenticeship with Fifield Glyn along with the support of Heather. I couldn’t have wished for more.”