It's National Apprenticeship Week

7th February 2022

We're proud of our apprentices and this week we're celebrating their great work.

This year's theme is all about 'building the future; looking at how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge required for a successful career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills. We're proud to say that we've got apprentices working and developing across the business. From Finance to IT to Marketing, they're doing excellent work as they continue to progress in their studies.

This week is all about them, so rather than taking it from us, we're going to learn about their experience as an apprentice at the Vernon:

George Dunn, Digital Marketing Apprentice:

"I'm really happy with the level of support I've received during my time at the Vernon. After finishing university, I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do, and the world of work intimidated me - it was a difficult period.

I hadn't initially looked at apprenticeships, nor did I think it would be the path I would go down, but the idea of gaining additional qualifications was appealing, as was the fact that I could make mistakes and ask questions without fear of judgment. 

Overall, I'm really happy with my progress and the help I've received from everyone in the business."

Joseph Mangan, Operations Apprentice:

"My apprenticeship with the Vernon has been a great experience so far. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about working in an office workplace, whilst learning about different areas of the business and developed lots of new skills, like communication, professionalism and responsibility."

Trang Pham, Data Analyst Apprentice:

“Before starting the apprenticeship, I had some basic knowledge in data analysis. However, turning them into practice is a new learning curve for me. I had excellent training with my mentor, great support with regular 1-to-1 sessions with my manager, and also help from colleagues. I have attended useful courses as part of the apprenticeship program, which are very useful for my daily roles.”

Shaun Varley, Mortgage Administrator:

"My apprenticeship journey with the Vernon was definitely a positive experience. Support was always available and I was able to flexibly manage my study time around work. I was exposed to a multitude of tasks which enabled me to gather a plethora of evidence, which resulted in me achieving a distinction grade."

Shelley Noonan, Senior Finance Officer:

“With almost 16 years service at the Vernon, I didn’t think that the option of studying for a professional qualification via an apprenticeship was open to me. I was delighted to find out that I can complete my final accountancy qualifications through an apprenticeship. After taking time out to start my family, it's fantastic that I am now able to continue with my professional career. The Vernon have supported me throughout, and if there is one thing I’d like to get across to people, is that it’s never too late to study and learn new things.”

Echoing Shelley's message, apprenticeships aren't just for those at the beginning of their careers - they come in many different forms. As often as we can, we offer colleagues opportunities to progress their knowledge and skills within their roles. 

Our vision is to be Stockport's employer of choice, and investing in apprentices is part of this.

If you'd like to find out more about working for the Vernon, visit our careers page here.