Why Apprenticeships Should Be Valued All Year Round.


Leading supply chain provider Panalpina last week championed the value of balance in the workplace by hosting a one year anniversary for their apprentices.

The young cohort, who all joined Panalpina in October 2018, were invited by the business to mark the occasion and celebrate their successful first year at the company.

On Thursday 19th September, the 12 apprentices, many of whom joined the company through Seetec Outsource, enjoyed a day of games, discussions and treats courtesy of Panalpina. The event was held as a nod to young learners, recognising the skills and values they bring to the workplace and to show them how much they are truly appreciated.

Prior to the event, each learner was asked to present to the management team to show them what they had learnt over the past 12 months and their key achievements during that time. As part of this, the group also played themed games such as freight charades and port bingo, entertaining a highly competitive management team as well as educating the learners on more about Panalpina and the business. After this, the group took part in a short team building exercise at Top Golf in Watford. Once presentations and games were over, Panalpina awarded each learner with a gift voucher and they were collectively treated to a team dinner.

Panalpina, who also hosted a special circus themed event for their apprentices back in March, is keen to celebrate their apprentices as much as possible. While many large businesses take part in National Apprenticeship Week every year, the supply chain provider want to do more all year round to raise awareness for apprenticeships in general and the value of them for each business.

Katie Herdman, HR Director at Panalpina, said

“The apprentice anniversary was a great event and it was fun to see everyone get involved. It’s safe to say that all our learners stuck to the brief and creativity was delivered. Each group demonstrated great teamwork showing clearly how they have progressed over the past 12 months.”

She continued

“From a business perspective, the apprentices help us bridge the skill gap the logistics industry is experiencing. Brexit will create even more of a skill shortage and the development of our own talent pools is no longer nice to have but a business imperative. From the apprentices’ perspective, apprenticeships are an opportunity to have a career rather than a job. Many school leavers now choose the apprenticeship path rather than the University route as they feel that they will be more “job ready” and therefore more “employable” at the end of their apprenticeship.”

Training and education provider, Seetec Outsource, work with Panalpina to help train, coach and deliver the right candidates needed, including apprentices.

Callum Meehan, 18 from Manchester, is one of the learners who took part on the day. He said

“I found the apprenticeship day very interesting and fun, it was a great opportunity to showcase what we have learnt and put our skills we have developed since being an apprentice to use. I really enjoyed being with other apprentices and hearing their opinions and thoughts on what it is like as an apprentice as they were very similar to mine. It was a great way of reassuring each other that everybody makes mistakes, it is just how to deal with them and knowing where to go when they happen.

Being an apprentice has been an amazing opportunity to develop a career pathway for myself whilst earning and learning!”

Nicola Bardsley, Director of Apprenticeship Operations comments

“”It’s been a great journey working with Panalpina and being able to support them in their workshop has been great fun. It’s certainly different and a great way to raise awareness about apprentices and overall balance in the workplace. Seeing a company who values apprenticeships and the work they deliver, as well as encouraging a healthy balance in the workplace, is refreshing. We’re excited to continue building a strong partnership with the whole Panalpina team.”

Seetec Group has provided employers across the UK with support in training and recruitment for over 35 years and want to stress to businesses that with the right service, they can still provide learners and employees with a quality training programme that works efficiently for anyone looking to get involved, from young learners to large multinational corporations.

To find more www.seetec.co.uk/employer or contact 0800 38 91 999

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