Group Horizon is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place 6-12 February 2023. National Apprenticeship Week provides an ideal opportunity for the skills sector to celebrate the achievements of apprentices around the country, and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy.
Peter Behan, Director at Group Horizon, believes that organisations should view taking on an apprentice as an investment that will help to address skills gaps, upskill the workforce and drive the business forward. He comments, “Apprenticeships can offer individuals the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on a fulfilling career within their chosen industry, whilst at the same time allowing employers to take on and retain highly skilled, ambitious operatives. There are many benefits that come from investing in quality training – apprentices become motivated, bringing fresh and innovative skills and knowledge to the business.”
Group Horizon won the ‘Contribution to Training Award’ at the 2022 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards, in recognition of its work in delivering the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Level 4. The apprenticeship has now passed 100 registrations since it was launched in April 2021.
Edward Fitchett, an Apprentice Controls Technician with Johnson Controls, says, “When I first began my apprenticeship I didn’t have much knowledge on the industry, but the mix of training and on the job work gave me a really strong start. There’s a wide range of engineers and other apprentices to work with, who all have different specialties and levels of experience within the industry, so there’s always someone to talk to for advice no matter the issue.
Peter Behan adds, “Apprenticeships are for everyone and provide a proven route into skilled employment, offering an opportunity to earn while you learn, gain valuable work experience and pursue a successful career in your chosen field.
“We are delighted to support National Apprenticeship Week, which has become an important date in the industry calendar. Businesses that have previously taken on apprentices recognise the value they can offer and the swift return on investment that can be achieved.”