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Meet our People and Strategic Director, Louise
For our final blog of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re talking to our People and Strategic director Louise Arnold about the value of apprentices.
Why are apprentices a good choice for businesses like Mobile Mini?
Apprentices bring fresh ideas into the company, helping us to strive for continuous improvements. Their desire to progress and develop within the Mobile Mini team also contributes to increased performance levels for the business.
At Mobile Mini, we love to develop our own people and to promote from within. In 2019, 23 per cent of our appointments were internal promotions, and apprentices provide us with a fantastic pipeline of talent for the future.
How many apprentices does Mobile Mini have at the moment?
We have eight current apprentices across the business, as well an IT apprentice at recruitment stage. In total, 19 have completed programmes since 2014.
We are also really excited to currently be involved in the creation of a Modular and Portable Building Operative apprenticeship, to give new and existing operatives everything they need to complete all areas of work in the yard to the highest possible standard.
As part of our wider sales development programme, we are also currently in collaboration with a national provider to launch a sales apprenticeship, and we’ll be will be focusing largely on graduates as a recruitment strategy.
Are there any particular links/relationships with certain colleges/apprenticeship providers in the area?
We work in close partnership with several providers near our headquarters in Teesside – Stockton Riverside College, ITEC North East and Middlesbrough College’s Northern Skills Group.
In other locations, we have sourced local providers, such as Kent County Council for our team leader apprenticeship in London, and Easton and Otley College, in Norwich, for an apprentice at our sister company Mr Box.
Do you have any apprentice success stories?
We have a number of fantastic stories – our apprentices are a great bunch!
Team leader apprentices Emily Mitchell and Hannah Waites are currently on their third and second apprenticeship programmes respectively. This really demonstrates how well our trainees have been performing, to have now be identified for succession into team leader roles.
Former apprentice Tom Hugill-Horn has recently returned to the Stockton support centre to join our new customer experience team, after spending a year in Manchester working at the office of one of our key customers.
It’s great to see everyone doing so well, and we can’t wait to see their careers with Mobile Mini continue to flourish.