The Managing Director of a Yorkshire payment technology company has reaffirmed his company’s commitment to recruiting apprentices as a “key tactic to help drive future business growth.”
James Howard, Managing Director of Yorkshire Payments, based in Brighouse, was speaking as the company welcomes its seventh apprentice since launching in 2013. Harvey Newboult-Kerr, 18, has joined Yorkshire Payments in the role of digital marketing apprentice and while studying for digital marketing level 3 qualification over the next 18 months.
Mr Howard said: “As a business, we are very passionate about nurturing young talent, and view apprenticeships as a key recruitment tactic to help us drive future business growth. Investing time in the development of our apprentices means we can teach, guide and mould them into the people that will be the faces of Yorkshire Payments as the business continues to grow over the years to come".
He added: “We also provide our apprentices with the opportunity to forge a career within the business. They get out what they put in and it’s a two-way relationship, but we have had some real success stories. Out of the seven apprentices we have recruited in the last seven years, six still work at Yorkshire Payments, with just one leaving to have a baby.”
Sophie Williams joined Yorkshire Payments in 2013 as an apprentice and is now head of the company’s administration and applications team.
She explained: “Joining Yorkshire Payments as an apprentice has enabled me to learn on the job while working towards achieving my promotion to head of applications. I now work closely with new apprentices joining the business while continuing my personal and professional development, working towards the Yorkshire Payments team leading standard.Watching myself grow from a school leaver to a confident, enthusiastic employee with the skills needed to liaise with customers and colleagues in a professional and effective manner has been an extremely rewarding process.”