Themis team become apprentices for the day

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Simon Jordan, director of Themis and Jeanette Brindle, recruitment officer at Themis rolled up their sleeves to experience what it’s really like to be an apprentice.

Simon Jordan joined leading sewing manufacturer, Mackintosh, where he met with fellow Apprentice’s at the company’s manufacturing base in Nelson.

Throughout the day, Simon was given a tour of the manufacturing line, introduced to the various stages of the manufacturing process and met with the company’s current Apprentices to hear about their career aspirations.

It was also a chance for the director to hone his sewing skills under the watchful eye of apprentice Ruth Pollard before moving on to the buttoning line where Mackintosh work study manager, Peter Hill was ready to let him try his hand at buttoning a coat from the company’s winter 2015/16 line.

Meanwhile recruitment officer, Jeanette joined apprentices at award winning telecom services provider, NewCall Telecom to gain experience of working within the fast-paced world of telecoms.

Jeanette was charged with handling some of the inbound calls that are received by NewCall each day from the company’s growing client base. During her day, Jeanette also met with a host of apprentices currently undertaking customer services and contact centre apprenticeships to hear about how they became apprentices and their experience to date.

Simon Jordan said: “My experience at Mackintosh was really positive. The company has a strong focus on recruiting and nurturing Apprentices and offering a strong foundation for someone to progress within this industry.

“Apprentices bring many benefits to employers like Mackintosh and it is more important than ever to support and encourage more young people and employers to participate in and develop apprenticeships.”

Simon and Jeanette’s time within industry forms part of a range of Themis activities which took place this week to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week including:

  • ‘Have a Go’ days which were held at local high schools Apprenticeship Open Day at Burnley Jobcentre Plus Promotional activity held within Charter Walk Shopping Centre Construction community projects at Read Cricket Club
National Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2014 was a huge success, with more than 1,100 events and happening around the country.