Derwent Training Assocation and The 5% Club

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Derwent Training Association, the resource for businesses in finding apprentices, have a first class reputation for the recruitment, training and retention of skilled young engineers and are recognised as a bench mark for excellence and high quality training and business support.

After hearing about the 5% club through one of their main apprentice employers who was a member and recognising that the campaign is in line with their core business of apprentice training, Derwent training joined the initiative.

Derwent training now hope to be able to support the pledge for many years to come as their business expends by regular employment of apprentices in different roles.

We caught up with Derwent’s first apprentice, Lauren Heslington, to hear about her experiences so far.

“After discovering university wasn’t for me after a few months on a course, I started to look for apprenticeships online and applied for jobs that interested me.

“I heard about the apprenticeship place at Derwent Training Association through word of mouth and the variety of the role interested me. After applying for the role and sending in my CV, I went for an interview and was offered a week’s work trial. This was useful as it helped me see what the job entailed and allowed Derwent Training to see how I worked.


“After the trial, I was offered the apprenticeship at Derwent and was given the choice of whether I wanted to go to college or do all of the apprenticeship in the workplace, which was nice to have the choice. I chose to go to a local college as I think it’s good to still mix with people your own age and learn from them.

“I started my Level 2 in Business and Administration at the end of 2013, going to college one day a week and the other four days a week at Derwent. I enjoyed learning from my college tutor and my mentor in the workplace as I think this was really key in my development.

“I completed my Level 2 apprenticeship course at the end of 2014 and went straight on to do my Level 3 in Business and Administration. I really enjoy relating my qualification to my job so I’m learning things that are specific to me and can help me progress, whilst getting paid and gaining experience at the same time.

“My day to day jobs include the administration of our Engineering Apprentices documents and dealing with applicants. From time to time I go to school events and talk to students, who are ready to leave School or Sixth Form, about the apprenticeship route. I have also started looking after the Marketing side of the business. I run the company website and social media accounts and I make leaflets and posters on our events and products. This is something that I wanted to progress into after University so I’m glad my company has given me chance to gain experience in this field.

“My apprenticeship has given me the chance to gain experience and work towards something I want to do in the future. I like the support I get from my colleagues who are happy to answer any questions and help me gain confidence in my job. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship and would recommend any young people in my position do the same.”

For more information about Derwent Training Association and how they can help your business find young talent, please visit their website

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