The Humber Apprentice Support Service (HASS) is proving to be a successful local matchmaker, matching people to apprenticeships. One such success story is Ryan McKenzie, a former student at Kingswood College of Art, who is now working as an apprentice with Kingston Campers Ltd in Hull.
The Humber Apprentice Support Service (HASS) was established by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to increase the number of apprentices being employed by small and medium sized employers. HASS is not designed to replicate existing services. Its purpose is designed to complement and enhance existing support for business offered by individual training bodies, including National Apprenticeship schemes. There are HASS brokers located on each bank of the Humber.
HASS North Bank Broker Dave Sullivan was instrumental for the apprenticeship match between Ryan and Kingston Campers Ltd. As part of his traineeship with Prospect Training Ryan was given the opportunity to gain work experience at Kingston Campers Ltd, a bespoke luxury camper van provider in Hull. The company’s Director James Burt was so impressed by Ryan’s can-do attitude and commitment to the role that he offered him an apprenticeship. However, having supported Ryan through his traineeship programme Prospect Training were unable to deliver the apprenticeship framework required. This is where Dave came in. Prospect Training were happy to put the needs of Ryan and the employer first and asked Dave to source a training provider who could deliver an appropriate apprenticeship framework. Dave was able to call upon his network of training providers and discovered that HCUK Training were able to tailor an apprenticeship framework that met the needs of Ryan and Kingston Campers Ltd. Introductions were made by Dave and the apprenticeship was agreed.
James Burt, Director, Kingston Campers Ltd said: “Ryan first came to us for work experience last year. After a month with us we could see the potential in Ryan and that’s when we decided to try and source an apprenticeship for him. This is where we were very fortunate having the help and support from Humber LEP. They have professionally guided us through the process. “Ryan has come on in leaps and bounds since he started and is learning all aspects of the business, including customer service. Kingston Campers Ltd is a fast growing company and I am happy to have Ryan with us and seeing him grow too.”Ryan McKenzie said: “Initially I hadn’t thought about an apprenticeship. Now I see how good it is for me and would recommend it to anyone looking to succeed at work. The training support is good and everyone at Kingston Campers is helpful and friendly. You can feel that it’s a company that’s growing and I hope I’m in the right place to grow with them.”
Mike Parker, Vice Chair of the Humber LEP and Chair of the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board said: “Ryan’s story illustrates exactly what HASS was set up to do – enable the right training support for the candidate best suited to the company offering an apprenticeship. Sometimes it can appear to be a quite complicated process, which is where our brokers can step in. They have close links to training providers and helps businesses understand and support the role of apprenticeships, such as how they can add value to the company.”
HASS brokers also advise employers on recruiting and mentoring of apprentices. In delivering this intermediary role, the brokers gain a valuable insight to the business, thereby assisting employers to fill existing apprenticeship vacancies that may have been difficult to fill, as well as well as creating new apprenticeship opportunities.
For further information about HASS go to http://www.humberlep.org/skills/hass