Specialist logistics training provider System Group on Friday held a very special graduation as employees of Royal Mail collected their apprenticeship qualifications at a ceremony in London.
With a buzz around the room, officials from CWU, including General Secretary David Ward, attended the ceremony along with System Group Director, David Cormack, to congratulate those receiving their certificates.
Marking a first for System Group, this was one of the largest apprentice groups to be trained in a single location with a total of 52 participants across an array of roles with apprentice ages ranging from 20 to 55.
To complement their existing roles and enhance career prospects, apprentices completed qualifications in logistics operations, traffic office, LGV and Management and along with achieving these qualifications, gained additional merits in Maths, English and ICT.
In most cases, apprenticeships were delivered between 12 and 18 months with apprentices having the opportunity to learn on-the-job, in the classroom and remotely from home.
A notable accomplishment not only for the apprentices themselves, but also System Group and Royal Mail. Each of the apprentices worked in the logistics sector but had no formal qualifications, therefore volunteered themselves to develop their own career pathways. The skills and knowledge gained will now support their career growth, giving them the confidence to progress through a well-structured pathway with Royal Mail.
Each of the LGV apprentices now hold their category C licence having only held their category B (car) licence prior to starting the apprenticeship. Throughout their course, all of the apprentices were supported by System Group qualified skills coaches, Paula Woolmore and Anita Birk, who worked with the apprentices to ensure progress was achieved, apprentices felt fully supported, and that teaching was being delivered to the highest standards.
Cathy Hutton, Head of Employer Engagement at System Group commented: “The apprenticeships have been very successful and really well received by Royal Mail and its employees. All of our learners have gained an industry recognised qualification and now have the skills and knowledge to help them implement their work more effectively. Along with this, the apprenticeships have given them legitimate qualifications that they can use to progress in their careers.
“For Royal Mail, it’s provided them with a better qualified and motivated workforce. The apprentices now see and understand their career pathways, and know they have what it takes to progress. Since the qualifications, we’ve also seen an uplift in apprentice applications, which just goes to show how enjoyable and genuinely impactful these apprenticeships can be.
“We look forward to our continued relationship with Royal Mail and their wonderful apprentices and encourage as many people as possible to apply for a qualification that could potentially fuel the next stage in their careers.”
During the ceremony, ten lucky graduates received golden tickets as an extra special surprise. These were accompanied by £25 in M&S vouchers, well-received in time for Christmas.
Along with their employer partners, System Group are on a mission to change the stigma associated with apprenticeships, to educate individuals into realising their value, the opportunity and how apprenticeships can be used to upskill, educate and provide a launchpad to further career opportunities.