Supporting Apprenticeships Through COVID-19

Supporting Apprenticeships Through COVID-19

Posted: 08 February 2021

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and with 2020 seeing the way the entire world works, learns and ultimately interacts change, it’s never been more important to support young people into sustainable, reliable roles and organisations.

With the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting the opportunities available to young people looking to begin their career, we continue to work to ensure youngsters looking to get into trade and office-based roles can do so.

Supporting our apprentices throughout last year’s lockdown’s by providing safe, steady and reliable employment opportunities, our apprentices have continued with and completed their apprenticeships in various construction disciplines including electrical, joinery, plumbing, plastering, site management, Business and Quantity Surveying.

Offering a diverse mix of apprenticeships, on-the-job support, as well as access to wider help with their wellbeing, finances and mental health, we have a strong track record of apprentice’s staying with us long term and progressing to management roles.

Discussing the importance of apprenticeships, HMS’ Managing Director, Paul Worthington, said: “This year has been challenging for everyone, but it is young people and the opportunities available to them that has been hit the hardest, which is why we continue to ensure apprenticeships are and always will be available to those who wish to apply.

“Many experienced members of Team HMS began working with us as apprentices and I am always proud of their progression and the commitment they have shown, not only to the company, but to their own personal development. These successes are the reason we continue offering apprenticeships and I look forward to welcoming a new cohort of apprentices this year.”

Former Business Apprentice who now works full time at HMS providing business support to the Planning Team, Emily, continued: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship at HMS and am proud of the real-life experience and confidence it has given me going into my new role.

“With COVID-19 changing how I have had to work, I’m so grateful for the support I have received. HMS has been fantastic and have supported me with online courses, regular virtual meetings and check ups to ensure I am fully set up to work from home, providing technical support where needed. However, they have also supported me with my emotional and mental health during this time and I am thankful for everything they have offered me.”

HMS has two intakes each year – in March and September – and this year 6 trade apprenticeships will open for applications from March. Keep an eye on our latest opportunities page to discover more and apply to join Team HMS.


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