Growing our future talent

Growing our future talent

Tomorrow is A-Level results day, marking the end of a long summer of waiting for thousands of students. After the initial relief and celebration there are some big decisions to be made as these young people think hard about what the future has in store for them. And at Post Office, we’re keen to demonstrate the exciting and varied careers available here. So the search is on for five new apprentices to join Post Office as we look to attract inspiring new talent to the business and help young people get a foot on the careers ladder.

Four of the five new apprentices will be based in Birmingham’s Supply Chain, studying for the Supply Chain Practitioner (level 3) apprenticeship. The nationally recognised qualification will give the apprentices a comprehensive understanding of Supply Chain alongside their day job where they will work in different units and on different projects within the business area.

Russ Hancock, Supply Chain Director, explained:

“I feel really passionately about apprenticeships and giving young people opportunities that will hopefully set them on the path for a successful and rewarding career. We have some fantastic colleagues in Supply Chain who have a huge amount of knowledge and experience that these new apprentices can learn a lot from.

“Alongside their apprenticeship, we will be supporting and mentoring them and I hope that they will become some of our future managers and leaders in Supply Chain who we have grown from within.”

The fifth apprentice is set to join HR in Finsbury Dials as a Learning Technologies Apprentice. Working to Rob Oldland, the successful candidate will be studying for a Business Administration (level 3) apprenticeship and support Rob and the team in implementing the learning technologies strategy across Post Office.

And it’s not just these five new apprentices who could benefit from the development of an apprenticeship. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last year, colleagues from across the business have been taking advantage of the opportunities available.

Kelly Godden, Head of Talent, said:

“The apprenticeships landscape has changed and they are no longer just aimed at school leavers wanting to pursue a trade career, for example. They have evolved and are now much more suited to the modern economy, workplace and employee.

“We’ve been promoting the apprenticeship opportunities available to existing staff across the business and, to date, we’ve enrolled around 150 colleagues onto apprenticeships which they will complete alongside their day jobs, from Customer Service to Project Management to Executive MBAs at University. The uptake has been really positive and I’d encourage anyone who wants to continue to learn and develop to consider an apprenticeship.

“I’m also really excited to welcome the five new apprentices to the business later this year and I’m also in discussions with other hiring managers about bringing in some new apprentices to their teams and I hope that we can give more young people opportunities like this in the future as we grow our future talent pipeline.”

Hiring Managers can contact Kelly at kelly.godden@postoffice.co.uk if they are interested in recruiting an apprentice and existing colleagues interested in enrolling onto an apprenticeship should email apprenticeships@postoffice.co.uk or visit www.onepostoffice.co.uk/apprenticeships

The closing date for the Supply Chain and Business Admin apprenticeships is 31 August and the adverts can be viewed below: