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Vision Support Services Launches 2016 Apprenticeship Scheme

Global textiles supplier, Vision Support Services, is delighted to announce that their apprenticeship scheme is open for applications after an overwhelming success with previous candidates.

The news comes after the government has recently announced an extra £100 million injection into apprenticeship and traineeship funding across the UK.

Apprenticeships are generally open to people aged between 16 and 24 and offer the opportunity to receive invaluable training and support whilst working for an employer, culminating with a nationally recognised qualification.

There’s undoubtedly been a growing momentum in the take-up of apprenticeships with just under 500,000 apprenticeship take-ups in 2014/2015, an increase of 14% compared to the previous year.

Whilst, in the past, apprenticeships were only available in industries such as construction or hair and beauty, they are now widely available and cover around 200 industries including banking, accounting, HR and marketing.

Vision has seen a number of apprentices work across a wide range of their internal departments and are now keen to welcome new trainees on board with the company, which was ranked 46 in The Sunday Times International Track 200 2016.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP?

There are many reasons to choose an apprenticeship.

Why choose an apprenticeships
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One of the main motivations that many young people have when choosing to take up an apprenticeship is the ability to work and learn at the same time. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to work 30 hours a week (or more) whilst receiving a wage from the employer.

As apprenticeships are either funded by the government or employer, there are no student loans, tuition fees or debts to pay off making it a viable alternative to university.

The hands-on experience people receive when taking up apprenticeships is also an influencing factor. Learning the ins and outs of the role whilst gaining valuable advice from other employees within the business can prove to be hugely beneficial as opposed to learning in a classroom environment. As well as skills needed to complete the job satisfactorily, other key skills can also be acquired such as communication, confidence, time management and organisational skills.

Apprenticeships can and do help people achieve a qualification which can then lead on to other opportunities such as the chance to go on to further study or further education. Alternatively, research shows that, after finishing an apprenticeship, 90% of people will stay in employment whilst 7 out of 10 stay with the same company.

WHO ARE VISION?

It’s an exciting time to join this highly successful textile supplier and distributor.

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Vision was awarded Business of the Year 2016 at the e3 Business Awards in June 2016 as well as being listed on The Sunday Times business league tables in recent years proving the company has been recognised for its dedication and commitments to the industry.

Alongside this, Vision has developed and grown into a leader in the textiles market with over 50 manufacturing partners and 20 distribution sources across the world –all in strategic locations such as Dubai, India, China, Pakistan and Ireland. In fact, Vision is the only textiles company to trade in six out of seven continents across the world cementing its reputation as a worldwide force.

The business currently supplies textiles and linens to notable organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, John Lewis, Mamas and Papas, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai and back in 1912, supplied the linen for the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.

Apprenticeships can and do help people achieve a qualification which can then lead on to other opportunities such as the chance to go on to further study or further education. Alternatively, research shows that, after finishing an apprenticeship, 90% of people will stay in employment whilst 7 out of 10 stay with the same company.

WHY CHOOSE VISION FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Vision is dedicated to employee improvement and growth. Our company values underpin the community culture whereby we strive to work as one team.

Why choose Vision for an apprenticeships

“We respect our colleagues and our peers; together we succeed”

This is also evident in our everyday activities. We work alongside local institutions and colleges such as Blackburn College and Arch Apprentices to offer exciting and unique opportunities for our trainees and we encourage their development and training throughout their qualification.

We provide a generous 25-day holiday allowance including bank holidays and this is available to all employees.
Apprentices can also look forward to receiving one-on-one training with a dedicated mentor and one day a week to attend your chosen college or institution for classroom learning.

We’re delighted to be able to provide an apprenticeship scheme and look forward to welcoming and nurturing the next generation of talent. We can’t wait for you to join us in our apprenticeship schemes but don’t just take our word for it…

MEET SOME OF THE APPRENTICES

Every one of our apprentices has a story to tell – and every story is an inspiration.

Aadil Seedat originally joined Vision to complete an apprenticeship in Advanced Digital Marketing. He now works as Digital Marketing Executive for the group after successfully completing his training.

Q: What made you want to join Vision as an apprentice?

A: I saw an opportunity in a large growing company that was offering apprenticeships in what interested me. After thorough thought, discussion and research, I decided to apply for the apprenticeship at Vision.

Q: Describe your usual routine at Vision. What are your everyday tasks?

A: The digital marketing industry requires knowledge and experience in a range of tasks so my daily duties vary and no two days are the same. Vision’s marketing department is a bright, open plan office, which enables me to engage in what everyone is doing, getting a greater understanding and experience of how we function.

Q: What do you enjoy about being at Vision?

A: Vision is a company with a family-feel. They have over 250 years expertise in the textile industry which gives me a lot of confidence in working for a company that is a leader in the global textile market. I also know that the experience that I gain will be invaluable because of the company’s rich heritage and history.

I work on a multitude of digital marketing projects for Vision’s brands which makes my daily responsibilities varied and interesting.

Plus, Vision is a large, international company which invests a lot into its staff. I am always given the opportunity to do courses or training programmes as they believe this will add value to the company as well as to my skills.

Q: What have you learnt since being at Vision?

A: As an apprentice working for Vision, I regularly sought out opportunities for online marketing campaigns, I worked closely with the sales teams to determine how to market products digitally, I contributed to our global marketing strategies and wrote engaging copy for the website and social media channels amongst other important and crucial obligations.

I am now responsible for all of this and more as a fully qualified Digital Marketing Executive whilst I also continue to learn new skills and branch out into new areas each day.

Q: How do you think apprenticeships can help those looking for a career?

A: Apprenticeships offer training on the job as well as a qualification after completion. Those looking to enter straight into a professional or skilled career at a young age can have the benefit and security of doing so.

Q: How has being an apprentice at Vision helped you to understand your career goals?

A: By doing the apprenticeship, you get first-hand experience of what your strengths and weaknesses are. This allows you to focus on what you need to improve on and consequently will give you a better understanding or your own capabilities.

Q: Would you recommend an apprenticeship for someone who is undecided? If so, why?

A: During an apprenticeship you progress ahead of most people in your industry because you start at a young age and you’ll be exposed to more – giving you a better advantage than others.

There are no limits in what you can achieve doing an apprenticeship. You can still go to university after completing the training if you wanted to – I’d highly recommend it.

To apply for one of our prestigious and helpful apprenticeships, please follow this link. We look forward to having you as part of the team, here at Vision Support Services!

Liam Eckersall currently works at Vision, finishing off his AAT qualification, which makes up part of his Accounting apprenticeship.

Q: What made you want to join Vision as an apprentice?

A: A: I wanted to join Vision as I’ve always wanted to become an accountant – but without having to go through the university option. The best way I felt I could do this is through an apprenticeship.

Q: Describe your usual routine at Vision. What are your everyday tasks?

A: My job involves the general day-to-day running of purchase ledger e.g. invoices, payments and bank reconciliations as well as producing management accounts.

Q: What do you enjoy about being at Vision?

A: I enjoy being at Vision as the people are great to work with! I enjoy being given different jobs to do when possible as this expands my knowledge and skills.

Q: What have you learnt since being at Vision?

A: I’ve learnt that people aren’t as scary as I originally thought when coming into Vision – as it is my first job!

Q: How do you think apprenticeships can help those looking for a career?

A: Before becoming an apprentice, my impression of apprenticeships was not very high as I thought you wouldn’t be able to gain much experience, instead being assigned the lower end jobs however this isn’t the case. That impression has completely changed and I’m so grateful to be working, learning and hopefully being able to progress on to a CIMA qualification (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

Q: How has being an apprentice at Vision helped you to understand your career goals?

A: Being an apprentice has confirmed that I want a career in accountancy rather than having to go through university only to potentially realise that accountancy was not for me.

Q: Would you recommend an apprenticeship for someone who is undecided? If so, why?

A: I would recommend apprenticeships to others as I feel as though it helps to create a base understanding into the chosen area combined with hands-on experience that you wouldn’t normally get. By being an apprentice you are very likely to have a job at the end of it but if not you will get experience that will be highly valued by employers.

To apply for one of our prestigious and helpful apprenticeships, please follow this link. We look forward to having you as part of the team, here at Vision Support Services!

Harris Ali is currently doing an Accounts apprenticeship at Vision, in partnership with Blackburn College. Within Vision, he has worked for the Accounts team and is now assisting in the Sales team.

Q: What made you want to join Vision as an apprentice?

A: I wanted to join Vision as I’ve always wanted to become an accountant – but without having to go through the university option. The best way I felt I could do this is through an apprenticeship.

Q: Describe your usual routine at Vision. What are your everyday tasks?

A: I’m in the Healthcare team. I deal with day-to-day orders, sales order processing, I raise quotes for customers and handle any general enquiries.

Q: What do you enjoy about being at Vision?

A: I enjoy the working atmosphere and the people. There are a lot of people here who have experienced a lot of things so it’s always good to learn and get good advice from different people across the business.

Q: What have you learnt since being at Vision?

A: I’ve learnt a lot of things about the products we supply, what it’s like to work in an office environment and how to conduct myself in a professional manner.

Q: How do you think apprenticeships can help those looking for a career?

A: They help people gain valuable experience in a working environment. You gain a qualification as well as the experience which is what employers seem to be looking for.

Q: How has being an apprentice at Vision helped you to understand your career goals?

A: I started off at Vision in the Accounts department and have since moved upstairs to the Sales team. I think that, by being an apprentice, I have had the opportunity to experience different roles and truly understand what I want to do in future.

Q: Would you recommend an apprenticeship for someone who is undecided? If so, why?

A: I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship as I think that employers are always looking for people with experience. An apprenticeship allows you to gain this experience but receive a qualification alongside it.

To apply for one of our prestigious and helpful apprenticeships, please follow this link. We look forward to having you as part of the team, here at Vision Support Services!

Charlotte started working at Vision whilst studying for a Business Administration apprenticeship. Upon completing this, she was offered the chance to move into a finance role where she began studying for her AAT qualification.

Q: What made you want to join Vision as an apprentice?

A: I studied Business Studies and Accounting at A-Level but I was unsure whether accounting was, in fact, for me. I am now training to be a management accountant as I feel that, since being here, the opportunities that I’ve had have cemented my passion in accounting.

Q: Describe your usual routine at Vision. What are your everyday tasks?

A: On a daily basis I deal with purchase invoices, payments, bank reconciliations and I also produce monthly management reports.

Q: What do you enjoy about being at Vision?

A: I enjoy being a Vision because the people are nice, the atmosphere is great and no two days are ever the same; there are always different tasks to take on.

Q: What have you learnt since being at Vision?

A: Since being at Vision, I’ve grown in confidence and I’ve even learnt to pick up the phone!

Q: How do you think apprenticeships can help those looking for a career?

A: I think apprenticeships really help those who are looking to find a career. It’s more than just a job – it gives you the opportunity to do the role as well as learning about it also.

Q: How has being an apprentice at Vision helped you to understand your career goals?

A: Having done Accounting at A-Level, I began to question whether accounting was for me however since being at Vision, it’s steered me back onto the accounting path where, hopefully, I will become a qualified management accountant.

Q: Would you recommend an apprenticeship for someone who is undecided? If so, why?

A: I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship because an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work as well as to learn at the same time. This really helps you realise whether it’s right for you or not.

To apply for one of our prestigious and helpful apprenticeships, please follow this link. We look forward to having you as part of the team, here at Vision Support Services!