Supporting National Apprenticeships week

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At ASDAN we are proud to actively support apprenticeships across our organisation; previous placements have included roles in Finance, Business Administration and ICT.

We are also able to make additional contributions with a qualification of our own. ASDAN's Employability is the perfect companion to a traditional NVQ apprenticeship; it develops and accredits general employability skills from which learners can progress to a range of options, including vocational education, training, employment and CPD.

We are currently supporting two apprentices based in the Finance and IT teams. Ahsan Butt joined ASDAN in November 2013 and initially undertook a placement in a variety of teams as he studied for his Business Administration NVQ, as well as our Employability qualification at Level 2. He went on to work as an apprentice in the ICT team, where he offers technical support to the whole organisation alongside studying for his CompTIA A+, an industry standard ICT support qualification. Ahsan says: “I believe working for ASDAN has opened many different career opportunities for me in the future and I am grateful for the support and guidance I have received, for that I will be forever indebted to ASDAN.”

Sally Finn, Head of Personnel, said: “Supporting young people in education and employment links directly with ASDAN’s vision and values. Our apprenticeship programme provides our apprentices with important training and workplace experience and has also provided our staff with the opportunity to develop their mentoring and training skills. Alongside studying for their apprenticeship qualifications, our apprentices are also provided with the opportunity to undertake ASDAN’s Employability Qualification, or our Careers and Work Experience Short Course, both of which complement their apprenticeships and provide further accreditation outcomes for employability and soft skills. I would highly recommend any organisation to consider supporting apprenticeship programmes because of the many positive outcomes, both for the young people concerned and for businesses.”