Since launching its apprenticeship programme in 2018, half of its cohort of 24 apprentices live in Croydon with the rest from surrounding boroughs, securing roles across the business in IT, administration and member services.
Ben Miller, 21, from Addiscombe who will complete his Level 4 apprenticeship in Cyber Security Technology at the PPF in April, said: “I was pleased to see a local business was offering such a great apprenticeship and you could say the stars aligned.
“Due to Covid, the move to online has had its challenges but it’s still been very much achievable. Everyone is understanding of my time and how I manage it. I believe I wouldn’t have learnt as much in a university degree on the same subject as I have done through this apprenticeship.”
While supporting the government’s initiative to get more apprenticeships into businesses, the PPF has also been working closely with Croydon College and Croydon Works to reach a wider pool of applicants in the borough. The partnership led to the creation of a new Workplace Pension Administrator apprenticeship with all apprentices on the programme receiving distinctions.
Katherine Easter, PPF’s Chief People Officer said: “We’re so grateful for the valuable contribution our apprentices have already brought to the PPF. We want to continue recruiting local people and giving them the chance to gain a professional qualification in a career they may not have considered or where university may not have been an option.
“It’s also important for us to secure a pipeline of future talent in the pensions industry and the chance to close any potential skills gaps, while supporting diversity and inclusion in our workplace.”
Over the last two years the PPF has celebrated a series of successes including being named Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Croydon Business Excellence Awards in 2019 and consistently meeting its targets for taking on apprentices.
Apprenticeships allow people of all ages and backgrounds to earn while they learn and are open to new and existing employees. The apprenticeships range from entry level to a Master’s degree, running between 12 months to four years.
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