This week is National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
The theme for this year is ‘Blaze a Trail’, so throughout the week we will be looking at some of our apprentices who have been blazing a trail at Guinness, celebrating and showcasing their achievements and talents. We will also re-visit those who started as apprentices and have progressed their career here with us.
At Guinness we have 75 apprentices, who on a daily basis showcase their enthusiasm, willingness to learn, diverse perspectives, and talent, which makes them an invaluable asset for our customers, our colleagues and to our business.
The apprentice workforce is currently made up of 35 at Guinness Property, 38 at Guinness Care and twenty-one within The Guinness Partnership, including our first ever Customer Services apprentice. We also have five apprentices who are in the process of moving into permanent roles with us.
We have big plans to continue growing and nurturing our programme across all areas of the business in the coming year. We will:
- Continue to encourage more women into trade apprenticeships via our ‘Women in Maintenance’ programme. We will be kicking off with our first ‘Taster Day’ of the year this Friday, International Women’s Day, when the Training Academy will open its doors to female Guinness colleagues and customers.
- Improve the apprentice experience at Guinness as we introduce greater pastoral support, upskilling managers to support their apprentices, and developing a mentoring system between former and current apprentices.
- Widen the opportunities available for apprentices by working with departments throughout Guinness to identify suitable vacancies where new talent can join the organisation.
“Training and employment is an important part of our offer to customers and communities as part of our Guinness 2023 strategy. I’m proud of our consistent investment in apprenticeships over the years and we are now continuing to improve the offer and the experience, as well as using apprenticeships to address skills shortages and diversity across Guinness.” – Paul Roberts, Director of Social Investment & CSR.
Keep an eye on our social channels to hear more from our apprentices throughout the week as we celebrate and showcase their talent, achievements and the contributions they make at Guinness and beyond.