Impressions are proud of the record of achievement of past and present apprentices in our employ. All apprentices undertake a five year course, attending the college for one day every week. The skills taught are both practical and academic; dovetailing with the work the apprentice is taught on site with Impressions.
The States Registered Apprenticeship Scheme
The States Registered Apprenticeship Scheme was described by UK inspectors as ‘the jewel in the crown of Guernsey’s education system’. The scheme, which is designed by employers, for employers offers high quality training to industry standards. States of Guernsey apprenticeships ensure young people have the skills and qualifications that organisations need and demand the full commitment of everyone involved; the employer, the apprentice, and the training provider.
Apprenticeships are a well proven way for young people over the age of 16 to obtain the skills they need for a successful career. They provide an exciting opportunity to get the qualifications and experience required for the jobs of the future.
The States Registered Apprenticeship Scheme, Apprentice of the Year Award, has been in operation now for over ten years. Over the past 5 years, three of our nominated apprentices have gone on to achieve the painting and decorating student of the year – once with the Guernsey Building Trades Employers association, and twice with the States Registered Apprenticeship Scheme. The most recent of these awards being awarded to our employee Paul Gallienne in 2012.
Impressions have a wish list of qualities that they expect their employees to have:
- Enthusiasm & Initiative
- Motivation & Confidence
- Honesty & Reliability
- Respect (for other people)
Enthusiasm & Initiative
Enthusiasm shows an employer that they are willing to learn, keen to get on and do well. Initiative shows that they are able to think for themselves and do not always need to be told what to do.
Motivation & Confidence
Motivation shows that they have the drive, desire and ambition to get on in their chosen career. Motivation inspires them to work hard to develop the skills needed to achieve their goals.
Self – confidence is not the easiest personal quality to achieve, but once they have it, it can take them a long way. One of the best ways to achieve it is for them to believe in themselves then others will too. Self-confidence comes from believing in their own abilities and learning from their experiences.
Honesty & Reliability
These are very important qualities in the workplace. Being honest means that they can be trusted with money, confidential information and that they can always be relied on to tell the truth.
Being reliable also means that we as the employer can count on them to undertake the work given and most important to turn up to work on time and not let us down.
Health & Safety
Impressions make Health & Safety a top priority with all members of staff having attended manual handling and asbestos awareness course. We have a concise Health & Safety policy with every aspect of the trade covered and updated as new information becomes available.