Apprenticeships with Damar - good for business, good for people!

David Luke Ltd is a small employer based in Ardwick, Manchester. The company is a supplier of schoolwear and in 2012 proudly celebrated 30 years in business. They needed someone in their customer service department and thought an apprentice would be a good way forward. David Luke initially contacted The National Apprenticeship Service through the Manchester Revolution Campaign and were referred to Damar Training. Damar helped the company find their apprentice, Milly Booth, and are now delivering the training and assessment. With the support of David Luke and Damar, Milly's career has gone from strength to strength. She has completed her Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service and recently progressed onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. Buoyed by the success of their first appointment, David Luke has just taken on a second apprentice.

Jemma James-Hill, customer service manager at David Luke Limited commented:

“Taking on an apprentice was new to us but we felt that the support and training provided by Damar would be invaluable to us to help us find the right person to join our Customer Service team. It has certainly proved to be the best way to recruit as Milly has fitted into the team so well, is keen to learn and develop and is as committed to being successful as we are. The ongoing support and training provided by Damar is exceptional and gives our apprentice the chance to put her learning into practice in the workplace and has already resulted in an Intermediate Apprenticeship being achieved and progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship. Our first apprentice has proved to be so successful that we have recently taken on a second apprentice in Customer Services and wouldn't hesitate to look at this as a recruitment option in the future.”

Milly Booth added:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed completing my Intermediate Apprenticeship with David Luke Ltd and am even more looking forward to completing my Advanced Apprenticeship through them also. The company have been very welcoming towards me and have ensured they offer all the support needed to complete my apprenticeship. I have found after joining the David Luke team I have developed as a person and my confidence has improved so much. I am very happy I had the opportunity to be taken on by David Luke Ltd.”

To find out how recruiting an apprentice with Damar could benefit your business please call Jackie Hardy at Damar on 0161 480 8171 or email jackie.hardy@damartraining.com. Grants of £1,500 are available to most businesses recruiting apprentices for the first time. An extra £750 is available for businesses that recruit, as apprentices, unemployed young people aged 16-24 from Greater Manchester.

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