The theme for the 14th National Apprentice Week (NAW), which took place last week, was ‘Build the Future’, something Suffolk-based Rubix M&E has wholeheartedly embraced.
Rubix M&E is one of the UK’s leading M&E recruitment firms and recently celebrated five years in business. However, despite the current pandemic, owner and founder, Milo Williams, is confident that the company will continue to flourish. One reason is his steadfast belief in apprenticeship and learning and development schemes.
Says Mr Williams: “I am a strong advocate of apprenticeship and learning and development schemes, of investing in tenacious, young workers. To put it simply, I see them as the future of Rubix M&E.
“I look back to my early days and the choices I made. I had loads of drive and was really keen to get a job and start making money. Although I didn’t have a formal apprenticeship, I did go straight to work from school and the company I worked for invested time in me, shaping the person I am today.
“Now I’m in a position to be able to give something back, to be able to do something similar for the young people we take on. We can build a hard-working, loyal team which is hungry for success. It’s hard work, but it’s well worth it.”
Rubix M&E uses a leading online recruitment training solution which provides a customized solution, tailored to Rubix M&E’s specific needs. The series of comprehensive and up to date programmes are designed to boost motivation, performance and development.
Participants are given hundreds of hours of training videos to access, a dedicated trainer and recruitment specific coursework to carry out. They are also required to take on various duties from the course and implement them during the course of the working day.
What’s more, they get Mr Williams’ undivided attention around the clock. At the end of the fifteen-month programme, the participants will gain either an NVQ Level 2 in Recruitment Resourcing and a Certificate in the Principles of Recruitment Resourcing or an NVQ Level 3 in Recruitment Consulting and Certificate in the Principles of Recruitment Practice. As Mr Williams points out, these are recruitment specific diplomas which will prove invaluable for those who continue to follow a career in recruitment.
By the end of March, Rubix M&E will have half-a-dozen employees on the learning and development programme, making up about one-third of the dedicated recruitment team.
Adds Mr Williams; “Despite the challenges thrown at us in 2020, we go into 2021 full of optimism, with a team that is full of energy and hungry for success.
“Our team is young, willing to learn and will continue to learn as they progress through the process. This in turn leads to greater confidence, which can only benefit the rest of our team.
“We already have proof of this within the company – two of our team completed a similar programme. Harry Brett is now accredited and trained in Accounts and Bookkeeping, and Mollie Mason has progressed since her learning programme and gained a CIPD in Human Resources.
“We are now looking for the next generation of hungry young stars who are looking for a fantastic opportunity in the recruitment sector, and a chance to make some serious money.”
Mr Williams is well aware that Rubix M&E’s employees are the backbone of the business. With customer service at the forefront of everything that Rubix M&E does, Mr Williams remains dedicated to investing in his staff, developing their skills, setting goals and, most importantly, achieving them.
Apprenticeships and skills minister, Gillian Keegan, said; “It’s been a tough year for everyone, but we want the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 to be a springboard to look ahead to how apprenticeships can futureproof workforces and boost careers.”
This is a message which has clearly resonated with Mr Williams and the team at Rubix M&E.