Howard Tenens, the privately owned third party logistics company, has introduced an apprenticeship scheme across the Group. The company reports that it is are keen to develop a strong succession plan for the future but equally want to grow its own talent from within. Having looked at various options in the past, Howard Tenens feels that supporting the National Apprenticeship Service, along with other companies who have won Government contracts to provide training modules in various categories, fits with the national mood.
Howard Tenens was initially alerted to a logistics apprenticeship scheme through the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) who put the company in touch with SLB Logistics. The company commented that the support it has received to place young apprentices at all of its UK depots has been excellent. "Not only do SLB Logistics advertise in the vicinity of our depots, they also screen the candidates prior to putting them forward for interview," said the company. It added: "We are also liaising with the local sixth form schools and colleges so that we can attract local talent into this scheme. University is not for everyone and the fees are prohibitive in many cases; this situation creates opportunities for companies like Howard Tenens to attract young people into a visionary company offering the opportunity of a future career. We are an equal opportunities employer and would be delighted to receive details from anyone interested in joining our apprentice scheme, especially those who are prepared to work hard and progress within the business."
Howard Tenens continued: "Businesses across the country are now increasingly realising the enormous benefits that apprenticeships create, not only in terms of developing a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention. Research shows that apprenticeship schemes are an optimal way of training, and developing skilled people for the future; this helps businesses secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities they need and which are often not available on the external job market. Equally an apprenticeship scheme can be tailored to specific businesses to accelerate the learning of new entrants and can include incentives to develop a sense of loyalty. We know that the private sector will have to kick start the economy and if all companies could help to create jobs and assist people into work then this will be beneficial to everyone. Howard Tenens wants to grow its management for the future by attracting enthusiastic and hard working young people who aspire to a bright future."