National Apprenticeship Week 2018 runs from 5th March to the 9th March.
During this time, apprentices come together to celebrate their successful apprenticeship experiences which include their self-development, promotions, increased professional confidence and also the qualifications they have gained. Employers also celebrate during this time - promoting their own apprentices and demonstrating how vital they are for their businesses.
Apprenticeships are incredibly important for young people who are looking to obtain experience in a business whilst also gaining their desired qualifications - building pathways for their futures.
Principal People are extremely proud of their apprentices - we have had many over the years and we are delighted and honoured that almost all have stayed with us.
One of our apprentices is Aleks.
Aleks joined Principal People on Monday 30th September 2013.
At the age of 18, Aleks found himself in a situation with a challenging and potentially life changing decision. This was to go to university, like the rest of his family had, or to dive straight into work and understand what industry he wants to work in.
Initially, he applied to undertake a degree in Business Management. However, doubts arose that pursuing this course may delay the career progression and industry experience that he favoured.
His next move was looking at apprenticeships. He signed up to a site who contacted him immediately about an apprentice role in a recruitment company called Principal People.
Aleks joined Principal People and was enrolled straight onto the academy training programme, which was a six-month intense course with a final view to promote him after the successful completion of the six months.
After only 3 months he was exceeding expectations. Aleks got promoted to the position of Resourcer followed by a pay increase of over 50%.
Another six months down the line and he was promoted, again, to Trainee Consultant. At this point he was beginning to manage his own clients. Aleks said that at this stage “Although Principal People offer commission from the outset, this is really when I started to understand how much you can earn if you put your mind to it and work hard”.
In February 2015 he was promoted again to a Consultant – which means 3 promotions in a year and a half. He stated, “There aren’t many organisations who can offer that kind of progression and development”.
During the last few years, Aleks has continued to develop and learn – not only as a Senior Recruitment Consultant but also as an individual. Aleks now heads up the public sector and social housing divisions within Principal People as well as their subsidiary company, Social Housing Recruitment.
“I truly believe Recruitment is a fantastic industry to work within – the training, development, progression and commission that Principal people offer is next to none.”
Congratulations Aleks, your story is truly inspiring!
PIC: Aleks is second to the left. He is surrounded by his public sector and social housing team.