Of the eight core values which underpin Axis, our commitment to Core Value 3 – Train and develop people, their growth becomes our growth – is highly visible in our dedication to investing in apprentices, something we have been doing for over 20 years.
We have offered apprenticeships for over 30 years. Apprentices consistently make up 10% of our workforce. As the company grows, so the number of new apprentices we take on grows: in 2014 we had 44 apprentices in our work force, in 2017 that number had grown to 70. In 2019, the number of apprentices at Axis sits at 92 – we recruited a total of 27 new apprentices recruited this year.
During their three-year, career-starting opportunity at Axis, apprentices acquire meaningful skills as well as qualifications – including NVQs and Quantity Surveying degrees – in a study placement.
They also learn industry standards and best practice from experts ensuring a confident long term future in their chosen field. Indeed, over 350 successful careers have been launched through Axis’ structured programme which allows successful apprentice graduates to continue to work for Axis, or to set up successfully on their own.
The range of trades in which we offer apprenticeships is wide and includes gas, electric, carpentry, plumbing, painting, quantity surveying and administration. These are prized placements – out of 257 applicants, the latest intake comprised just 19 successful apprentices: that’s 8 percent!
Our Core Value 6 – A community we contribute to will welcome and value us – encourages us to recruit apprentices through CSR schemes; and because much of our work is in social housing in deprived areas, we also commit to recruiting apprentices from here too.
Our new apprentices are welcomed to the business by CEO John Hayes and Managing Directors Tim Hayes and Jo Ibrahim.
Their own career paths exemplify the value of apprenticeships: both John and Tim, from the age of 15 served as apprentice bricklayers and now they run a multimillion pound business.
“At Axis we take our people on as Apprentices, to mould and train them so they learn our rigorous systems and our way of working as well as learning their job,” says John Hayes. He tells the new apprentices: “Starting today, you are on a journey of excellence.”
See how our Apprentices helped build a Sensory Barn in a Community Project in conjunction with the Axis Foundation
Find out how one lucky Axis Apprentice had the once in a lifetime opportunity to join a team to build a school in South Africa