At Gi Group, we understand the importance of developing the skills required to build a skilled flexible workforce and reduce turnover while increasing loyalty, engagement and productivity. It is for this reason that we have always supported apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships date back to as early as the 1500s, but only recently has there been a resurgence in the number of people opting to take this career route.

Serving as a vital entryway for over 16s to gain practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and real-world industry experience, we recognise the role apprenticeships play in empowering individuals to build successful and fruitful careers.

One of our standout success stories comes from Dionne Fox, who began her professional career in recruitment at the age of 19 while simultaneously taking on a Level 2 Administration Apprenticeship alongside her role as a Resource Management Specialist at our Coventry branch.

Dionne Fox

Dionne Fox, Business Support Manager at Gi Group

Dionne’s story underscores the opportunities apprenticeships provide for upskilling and progressing into more specialised roles.

Since completing her Level 2, Dionne has achieved a Level 3 Team Leader Apprenticeship in an impressive 18 months.

Now, after nine years of dedicated service, Dionne holds the position of Senior Business Manager, at just 28 years old, overseeing our operations in Coventry and Bristol. Her progression over the years echoes the success of our approach to nurturing talent and providing growth opportunities.

Dionne commented: “I believe in continuous improvement and self-development. Apprenticeships offer you the chance to think outside of your day-to-day role and develop skills and knowledge that can help you flourish. My personal experience with apprenticeships has been very positive and it’s enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of leadership within one of the largest recruitment and HR businesses in the UK.”

When asked about advice for aspiring apprentices, Dionne emphasised the importance of considering the time investment.

Dionne added: “If you’re able and willing to invest the time in learning, apprenticeships can be very rewarding both personally and professionally.”

As well as encouraging apprenticeships within the business, we are proud to have delivered quality Apprenticeship programmes for more than 10 years for clients across a broad cross-section of industries.

We also hold the title of a Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, allowing our dedicated team to deliver Apprenticeship programmes up and down the country.

For more information about Apprenticeships with Gi Group, click here.

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