National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of the contributions apprentices make to various industries. At N.E.J Stevenson, our apprenticeship scheme is fundamental to our business model. We see on-job training as the best way to teach someone the right skills and shape their understanding of our industry. Indeed, for us our apprentices offer sustainability for our workforce and are a valuable and vital part of our success.
Taking on apprentices is a serious commitment, both in terms of time and financial resources. However, we view it as a wise investment in the future. Many of our most successful employees began their journey with us as apprentices, showcasing the effectiveness of this approach. Our apprenticeship program is a testament to the fact that investing in the next generation of skilled workers pays off in the long run.
Ellis, our newest apprentice, joined us in September 2023. Having done DT at school, Ellis progressed to carpentry at college and quickly realised that he had found his passion for cabinetmaking.
For Ellis, the apprenticeship programme is not just about acquiring new skills; but being able to put them into practice and experiencing the joy of craftsmanship first-hand. Beyond the technical aspects, Ellis has also embraced the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and friendships with his colleagues, fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment.
Reflecting on his own journey, Ellis acknowledges that he might not have been the most attentive listener during his school days. However, the hands-on experience of learning about cabinetmaking alongside skilled cabinet makers has proven to be not only enjoyable but effective. From mastering the use of various equipment and tools to honing his craft, Ellis has found a sense of purpose and fulfilment in his apprenticeship.
As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we reflect on the success of our apprenticeship program at N.E.J Stevenson. Ellis’s story is just one example of how investing in apprenticeships an investment in the future success of both individuals and the industry is as a whole. Apprenticeships are more than just training; they are a pathway to a prosperous and fulfilling career.