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Posted - 6th February 23

ADSL Emphasises Commitment to Develop Workforce Through Apprenticeships

A core objective for Aspire Defence Services Limited’s People Strategy over the next five years is to attract, develop and retain great people, and one of the ways we aim to achieve this commitment is through Apprenticeships.

On Tuesday 24 January, Aspire Defence Services Limited was one of several companies present at the Salisbury Apprenticeship and Careers fair at Wiltshire College and University Centre.

The event, which was run by Salisbury Education Business Partnership with the support of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Limited (SWLEP) Careers Hub, had more than 800 pupils from local schools in attendance, as well as students from both Salisbury Sixth Form College and Wiltshire College and University Centre.

It was a fun and informative event for young people to find out about all the great opportunities in the local area and particularly how employers like Aspire Defence Services Limited can support them to achieve future goals. It was also a great opportunity for both parents and students to gain insight into how Apprenticeships work and the various types available to them, including higher and degree Apprenticeship opportunities.

Though typically targeted at school/college leavers, anyone can start an Apprenticeship programme. Aspire Defence Services Limited encourages its employees to consider apprenticeships as an alternative learning pathway for future development opportunities and provides full support towards the successful completion of their programmes.

Through this pathway towards learning and development, several employees have been able to advance their careers and develop valuable skills for life.

L&D Advisor, Kelly Maidment, shares her experience studying to become a Learning and Development Consultant/Business Partner as a Level 5 apprentice.

“Although there is a lot of hard work and personal commitment required, the knowledge and skills the apprenticeship provided has enabled me to be confident in effectively carrying out my role within ADSL. It has also given me an insight into what it is like to be an Apprentice, allowing me to share my experience with others when supporting them with their learning pathways.”

Asset Manager, Lee Penny, shares his experience studying to become a Chartered Surveyor (Building Surveying) as a Level 6 apprentice.

“I have enjoyed my degree-level apprenticeship in building surveying and, as a mature student, undertaking distance learning through the University College of Estate Management (UCEM). It has been challenging, but I have gained much knowledge so far regarding the built environment and the various facets of the lifecycle of a building to supplement and enhance my existing knowledge.

ADSL has supported my journey by allowing me the study time required to ensure I can keep on top of my studies and adequately balance my work/life. It is a commitment that requires a high level of discipline, but the reward will be to become a chartered industry professional.”

Procurement Support Manager, Nicky Homer, shares her experience studying Commercial Procurement and Supply as a Level 4 apprentice.

“The apprenticeship programme has helped me to learn new skills, realise my existing skill set and utilise them more effectively. I have been able to develop in my role, take on additional responsibilities and have achieved an internal promotion within my department as recognition of this personal growth.

My line manager and mentor have been brilliant in supporting me during this journey. One benefit of apprenticeship learning is gaining skills that are meaningful and relevant to your role, as you can liaise with your peer group in carrying out processes practically.”

Matt Sturgess, who began his career as an Electrician over a year ago after completing a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrotechnical (Electrical Installation), also shares his experience.

“I’m extremely grateful to Aspire Defence Services Limited for giving me the opportunity to take on an apprenticeship that resulted in my current career as an Electrician, after being fully qualified for just over a year now.”

Additionally, HR Coordinator Anita Holt, shares her experience of the support she received towards completing her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

“I completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship which resulted in me achieving an OCR Level 2 Diploma. The course consisted of Functional skills of Maths, English, and Information Technology, as well as Mandatory and Optional elements. 

I was supported through the apprenticeship by my line manager and had regular meetings with an assessor from Wiltshire college. Completing the apprenticeship has given me some practical skills as well as confidence in my own abilities.”

Within ADSL, we are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining great people who give their best every day.  Our goal is to provide career opportunities that allow our people to thrive and grow together, while attracting and inspiring our workforce with the right skills and behaviours to succeed.

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