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 launched our structured Apprentice Scheme in 2003 and now ensure that 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 took on 44 apprentices, in 2017 that number had grown to 70 apprentices.
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.
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 latest group of Apprentices (the class of 2017) was welcomed to the business at an event hosted by CEO John Hayes and Managing Directors Tim Hayes and Jo Ibrahim.
“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,” said John Hayes, as he welcomed the latest intake. “Starting today, you are on a journey of excellence,” he continued as he explained his own career path – from the age of 15 as an apprentice bricklayer to CEO of Axis with a turnover well in excess of £150 million.
Welcome and good luck to all the new apprentices at Axis!