Posted on Aug 17, 2021
National training provider, Learning Curve Group (LCG), opened applications for the third cohort of their Purple People Academy last week. LCG are recruiting 20 apprentices to join the team at their head office in Spennymoor, County Durham and their academies across the country. The Purple People Academy is open to young people who may have just left school or college this summer and are looking to take the first step to employment or people who are looking for a career change. LCG will be recruiting for apprenticeship programmes in Business Administration, Digital Marketing, Customer Service and IT which will help build the digital skills of the area to contribute towards decreasing the current digital and business skills gaps in the region.
As one of the region's largest employers, the training provider recognises their responsibility to give opportunities to young people in the local area. LCG have always had a ‘practice what you preach’ approach as a training provider and whilst they transform the lives of over one million people across the country, their employees are no different. One of their core values is to develop and empower their staff through the Purple People Academy and regular CPD opportunities.
LCG has successfully trained two cohorts of apprentices through the Purple People Academy, many of whom have now progressed into full time employment or higher level apprenticeships within the business. One of these apprentices is Rebecca Wilkinson, who now works as an Employer Recruitment Consultant for LCG.
Rebecca said: “I joined the Purple People Academy at Learning Curve Group over 2 years ago. I applied for a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship which I completed in the Employability division of the business. After successfully completing this apprenticeship, I was able to progress to the Levy Services Team to complete my Level 3 Business Administration. I am now an Employer Recruitment Consultant, recruiting apprentices for external businesses. This role has allowed me to be an account manager for national and international companies.
Learning Curve Group gave me the opportunity to move to different departments, progress to new roles and gain a range of valuable skills. I have gained confidence and been able to take on my own responsibilities at a young age. I encourage others who are unsure what to do after leaving school to apply for an apprenticeship, the opportunities at LCG are endless!”
The apprentices will work across a range of departments at LCG including marketing, accounts, training programme development and sales. This will maximise the workforce and ensure the availability of a new generation of skilled employees.
CEO of LCG, Brenda McLeish, said: “I am thrilled to be launching our third cohort of our Purple People Academy. This is a time of the year that I look forward to because it means we can welcome new Purple People and help them build their careers. Learners are the centre of everything we do, and our own apprentices are no different. We have seen great success from our previous Purple People Academy cohorts and we have adopted a grow your own approach across the business as many of these apprentices have moved into permanent roles with us. It is fantastic to be able to give young people in the local area an opportunity to learn the specific skills that are needed to progress in the modern day workforce and begin successful careers at Learning Curve Group.”
Director of People, Louise Clough, said: “I am really excited to welcome our third cohort of the Purple People Academy which will provide young people with comprehensive knowledge of the business and provide incredible upskilling opportunities. It's easy to apply, just get in touch with our apprenticeship recruitment team and we will find the right apprenticeship role for your career aspirations.”
Applications are open for the Purple People Academy, if you are looking to begin your career this summer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lcgonline.co.uk/purplepeopleacademy