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    James Sohl

    The Sports Village

    Sutton, Surrey / London

    About The Sports Village:

    Here at The Sports Village we have employed many apprentices before, and have found them to be a great way of getting young people engaged within our organisation, as well as being cost-effective. We have also been able to mould and train each of them to operate in a way that best supports the business, enabling us to grow the team and create even more apprenticeship vacancies.

    Our first apprentice stayed on for a year afterwards before progressing to bigger and better things. Our second was a tennis apprentice who is now in his fifth year with us. He has developed into a great role model for all other apprentices, and has even been nominated for a coach of the year award. We have employed two new apprentices in the last year who just started and are thinking of a few different roles to offer in the local area.

    I have found that employing apprentices gives a different view point and adds a fresh look to what you do, both internally and externally. They can also help you understand a non tapped market within your company. For example, one of our apprentices contributed heavily to a large tennis project to launch a disability program. This is omething that would not have been financially viable at full pay, and enabled us to get through the start up cost of a product launch. It was an absolute pleasure to have such a keen apprentice who worked so hard on the project to help raise the standards of parts of our business.

    I personally believe an apprenticeship is a fantastic alternative to university. Everyone is on a journey to climb the career ladder as high as possible; an apprentice usually enters the job ladder earlier and at a lower step, but if hard working can climb up beyond a graduates entry point and not only that by that point will have more experience, which is so valuable in the modern job.

    We fully subscribe to the benefits of hiring apprentices. We adopt a sliding pay scale rewarding hard work and paying more as time goes by to not only pat them on the back, but to try to ensure they stay the course taking the monetary barrier away of low payment.

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