Celebrating Apprenticeships at Crown!

National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (NAW2023) ran from 6th to 12th February in the UK, a week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England. The theme for this year was ‘Skills for Life’

At Crown Worldwide, we supported NAW2023 by celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, our business and the local community by offering local jobs to local career aspirants. 

Apprenticeships offer a pathway to young people to make a smooth transition from education to the world of work, enabling them to gain valuable real-life experience and ‘earn while they learn’.

Our Entry Level apprenticeship program - the ‘Aspire Apprenticeship Program’ is an opportunity to nurture talent to meet the needs of our businesses. We have apprentices across all our Business Units in the organisation. We can address skills gaps and source apprenticeship program to even upskill existing staff, who feel valued and are able to grow in their roles. This increases retention and productivity. We are delighted that 2 of our existing staff decided to embark on this program.

Currently, we have 13 Aspire Apprentices at entry level studying and working towards varying stages of qualifications in Business Administration, Marketing, IT, HR and Supply Chain.

To mark NAW 2023, we spoke to some of our current apprentices about their experiences at Crown. 
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Daniel Ayinde, who has been with us since October 2022 working as an IT Information Communication Apprentice said: “At first, I was scared and anxious about starting my apprenticeship at such a big company as it was not so long ago, I was at school. I expected everyone to be old, cold and angry all the time, but I could not have been more wrong. I have personally had an amazing time so far. My line manager and team are great, and I am learning so much! I can ask questions without any fear which is great as I have many!

“I like working at Crown because It has felt like a natural progression from being in school. Not only within my small team but I have noticed everyone at Crown comes to work with a positive attitude and smile, which indirectly motivates me to try my hardest every day and soak up as much information as possible. I have not only developed professionally but also mentally and personally because of the readily available courses on iLearn (online learning platform) which is another thing that sets Crown apart from the rest!”
Apprentices bring a refreshing take and unique perspective to the business. It is an effective way to develop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce for the future.  
Sofia Rogoff, Marketing Assistant Apprentice who has been with us since September 2022 and had this to say about her experience so far: “I am lucky to have a welcoming and friendly team that supports me to develop my skills and pushes me to be the very best version of myself. Who you work with makes all the difference, and since the very first day I knew that I was joining a welcoming and friendly environment and have made friends among the other apprentices. 

As anyone starting a new chapter in life, it's overwhelming and very exciting! Learning and working at the same time can sound like a challenge, yet it enables you to work on essential transferable skills. My journey has only just started, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for me, professionally at Crown.”
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If you would like to find out more about our Aspire Apprenticeship Program, email recruitment.uk@crownww.com