It has often been said that, at Norse, we see our staff as our most important asset, so when it comes to building our workforce for the future and equipping them with the skills they need, we place great emphasis on our apprenticeship scheme.
To achieve this we ensure our apprentices have a real job – one that has been carved out for them, linking training with hands-on experience.
Norse apprentices have clearly made an impression among Norse staff and out in the wider world; including schools, the local business sector and among the general public. They have spread the word about the value of apprenticeships with enthusiasm and demonstrated to local companies that apprentices can, and do, make a difference in the workplace.
Interview with Lewis Williams, former Norse Apprentice
Having studied IT at College, Lewis was one of the first apprentices at Norse back in 2011. Lewis is now a HR Administrator & System Consultant and an integral part of the new iTrent system:
Tell us about your journey so far at Norse.
I was one of the first apprentices in the pilot scheme and completed the course within one year! Thankfully, I was offered a full-time position in HR as an Administrator which was a great place to start my career. From December 2014, I then joined the iTrent project team which links my IT background and HR experience perfectly.
What is your average day like?
I answer queries from colleagues on the new iTrent system, I help the HR team with the system and provide training and am currently report writing to help roll out the next phase of iTrent.
Would you recommend the Norse Apprenticeship Scheme to young people?
Absolutely, it is a great way to get involved in multiple areas of a business. I did actually recommend the scheme to one of my school friends (Liam Howlett) and he is now in his first year of the apprenticeship scheme at Norse working with the Procurement Team.
What advice would you give someone starting an apprenticeship?
Don’t dwell on mistakes – learn from them! Take any opportunities offered to you. Always put time aside each week for college work. What are your future aspirations? Continue to work at Norse and keep progressing – I am due to finish my CIPD training later this year so am excited to see what the future holds!