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Posted 14 March 2016

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We're taking on more apprentices

Tying in with National Apprenticeship Week, we're pleased to announce that in 2016 we will be recruiting more apprentices.

We have a commitment to have 13 apprentices working in the organisation at any one time. This has been confirmed for another year, so another round of recruitment will take place towards the end of the year.

National Apprenticeship Week runs between 14 and 18 March 2016 and aims to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on businesses. The week is organised by the National Careers Service which is a company that coordinates the delivery of apprenticeships in England.

The new apprenticeships will be offered across various departments within Ongo. All apprentices will receive on the job training, as well as a qualification relevant to their apprenticeship. There will be more information in the summer about how to apply for an apprenticeship with Ongo.

Ongo currently has nine apprentices working in different departments, including Maintenance, Customer Services and PR. Since 2010 when the first apprentice was taken on by Ongo, there have been 34 apprenticeships completed. Of these 34, 15 have successfully secured full time employment at Ongo.

Crosby Employment, which is part of the Ongo partnership, also supports apprentices, and in the last 12 months has supported 70 young people in apprenticeship schemes.

Jo Sugden, Head of HR at Ongo, understands the importance of taking on apprentices. She said: “It’s vital that businesses support the growth and development of young people, and here at Ongo we love to give people these kinds of opportunities.

“It can be so difficult to get that first step on the career ladder, so we want to give people that support and experience when we can and an apprenticeship is a brilliant way to do this. They get to earn a wage, get a qualification as well as getting that vital hands on experience at the same time.

“We’ve had brilliant successes with many of our apprentices, with lots of them securing permanent positions here at Ongo or going on to employment in other organisations. This was why it was essential for us to recruit more apprentices. These people could be the future faces of Ongo so it’s great to be able to train them right at the beginning of their career.”

Lauren Robinson started Ongo as an apprentice in the Maintenance Team in 2014. She has since secured a permanent role in the HR Team. She said: “When I started as an apprentice I received on the job training and completed a Level 2 Housing qualification.  I then went on to apply for a position as a HR Assistant and secured a permanent role in April 2016.  I’m currently studying for my CIPD Level 3 qualification. 

“Ongo has given me many opportunities, the main one being the chance to take my first steps on the employment ladder and finally decide what career path I want to take. Ongo has really invested in me from the day I started, my self confidence and self belief has grown from strength to strength.”

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