Celebrating National Careers Week and the Next Generation

28th February 2020

H&H Group Promote the Benefits of Apprenticeships and Career Development

Having celebrated National Apprenticeships in February, H&H Group is now focussed on supporting National Careers Week, which takes place during 2nd – 7th March 2020 and aims to empower positive change through careers education and explore the  diversity of career options and industries.

Currently employing several apprentices to support their chosen vocation, H&H Group is acutely aware of the importance of supporting the next generation through many years of experience.  It offers apprenticeships that encompass a wide range of skillsets across a diverse group of companies, with options to further careers beyond the learning stage.

Richard Rankin, CEO of H&H Group, explains why he feels that the apprenticeship employment route is right for the business:

“There is a perception that employing individuals with a university education is the best route, but it does not always guarantee a job at the end.  We have looked beyond ‘traditional’ routes to work and have found apprenticeships and other careers development approaches to be a hugely valuable and mutually beneficial employment tool.

“We have a diverse workplace and workforce, and apprenticeships enrich this for us as a business and those on the programme.”

H&H Group, with over 300 staff across the business, continues to work with educational bodies to ensure that young people are inspired when they leave college to choose their preferred career. As a business, it believes strongly that the future of farming requires the younger generation to be given chances in agriculture and become much more business focused.  These young people are responsible for our future and this is certainly the case in agricultural industries.

Examples of current apprenticeships include Alex Scott as Apprentice Business Administrator for H&H Reeds – the printing, graphic design and web development arm of the group, whilst Chloe Brough is working as Apprentice Administrative Assistant for H&H Insurance Brokers, who specialise in providing insurance cover for the agricultural industry.  In addition, Emma Atkinson, joined Harrison & Hetherington, the livestock marketing side the Group, as well as Rachel Graham and Alice Harrison, who are just 17 years old and are on day release from college.

One of the many true success stories is typified by Alice Blackett, who progressed from Apprentice to Lettings Co-ordinator for H&H Land & Estates over the past seven years; studying hard and in parallel to her education, she has diligently progressed her career whilst obtaining recognised industry qualifications.  A keen advocate of the apprenticeship scheme, she comments:

“I am very grateful of all the help and support I have received from H&H over the years. I started as a Business Administrative Apprentice in 2013 with H&H Land & Estates, Durham. Upon completing my apprenticeship, I became permanent and have progressed to my current position as Lettings Coordinator, North East & Yorkshire region.

“I am thrilled to have just passed ARLA Propertymark accreditation, a level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings & Property Management, which H&H gave me the opportunity to do. This will help me provide better support to our lettings clients and further my career opportunities.”

H&H Group will continue to embrace and support apprenticeships and careers development of its staff, and Richard concludes:

“Young people are responsible for our future and as well as Alice we have many members of staff who have worked their way up in the business and we will continue with this.  We are developing the next generation and we know how important education in the workplace is as it gives a more rounded education and overall experience than college alone.  All of our businesses offer opportunities for young people to gain this valuable experience in order to carve out a specialist career.”

National Careers Week is run as a not-for-profit company to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges, founded and backed by a number of volunteers with a wealth of experience from education, business and careers guidance.