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Minster highly commended for approach to apprenticeships

Minster have been highly commended for its commitment to apprenticeships and for its work in developing young people and providing jobs.

Minster Team With Tim Campbell

Minster Team With Tim Campbell

We finished as runner-up in the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category at the recent Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. We came close second to cleaning giant VAX in the category which we were truly honoured by.

The annual awards recognise exceptional achievement amongst Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers and training providers. The scheme is organised by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Susan Marlow, director at Minster Micro said: “To be recognised and commended by business leaders for our successful apprenticeship programme is a superb milestone for us, especially as we were up against some large nationwide companies.

“We are only 18 months into the new programme but already it has seen a number of young people flourishing and developing themselves.

“They have also helped to grow our business with an injection of new ideas and skills, something which I think any business needs to succeed.

“It meant so much for our efforts to be highlighted at the awards and I’d like to thank all of the judges for their comments and support on what was a wonderful evening.”

The awards took place at West Midlands Safari Park and were hosted by Tim Campbell MBE, the first candidate taken on by Lord Sugar in the BBC’s hit series, The Apprentice.

In the past 18 months, we have taken on four apprentices working in marketing, IT and software engineering, and a further 3 apprentices have already started placements this Autumn.

We were very proud to be nominated through our apprenticeship provider, LMPQ, and will definitely be going for another category next year.

Watch this space!

 

Award Finalists!

Minster are very proud to announce that we are finalists in the 2016 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, within the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category.

The awards, which are sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group and established to recognise outstanding achievement, will take place on the 17th November at West Midland Safari Park and will be presented by business owner and winner of the first series of BBC’s The Apprentice, Tim Campbell MBE. Apprenticeship Awards

It is expected over 300 people will be attending the ceremony and we are delighted to be showcased at the event for our commitment to apprenticeships.

The other finalist in this category is VAX who are a much larger company which makes this news even more exciting!

For more information, visit – http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/14656973.Finalists_Announced_for_this_year__39_s_Worcestershire_Apprenticeship_Awards/

We are honoured to have been nominated and to be named as a finalist is fantastic news for us. We are incredibly proud of our team!

Previous apprenticeship stories:

Marketing Apprentice Nicole

Engineer Apprentices Alex, Esmee & Rheece

 

Minster Micro Computers Welcomes Apprentices

Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd, one of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, having signed up to Worcestershire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme has welcomed three new apprentices in a unified approach to Minster’s business growth needs.

Minster Director, Mrs Susan Marlow, stated: “Recruitment of young people continues to be a challenge, and like many businesses looking to recruit young and talented employees there’s no shortage of applicants, just a shortage of applicants with the relevant skills.  After attending Worcestershire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme event, we signed up and very quickly agreed to take on three apprentices all studying the same IT apprenticeship course.”

19-year old Rheece started building his own PCs when he was still at school, excited by IT as it never stagnates. 18-year old Alex wanted to follow a career in IT after taking part in GCSE work experience. The youngest of the group Esmée’s interest lies in software and grew from her studies in IT at GCSE level. All apprentices are studying IT at level 3.

One of Worcestershire’s most recognised IT firms, Minster Micro Computers is a leading provider of Microsoft, SAP, Pegasus business software and 3CX, and delivers business software and hardware IT support services to customers locally and across the West Midlands, ranging from SME’s to corporate bodies with large multi-user networks.

Added Susan: “Rheece, Alex and Esmée will each receive in-house product and workplace training until they are fully competent members of our engineering team, with the potential of securing a full time position here at Minster once they successfully complete their IT apprenticeship courses.”