City firm proves apprenticeships are just the job

A LITTLE over a year ago, Jodie Johnson wasn’t sure what her career prospects held.

However, when she heard about an apprenticeship on offer at PBS Payroll Services, things changed.

  1. Success: John Pindar, marketing manager at PBS Payroll, with Jodie Johnson.
    Success: John Pindar, marketing manager at PBS Payroll, with Jodie Johnson.

Fourteen months on, she is now in full-time employment in the city firm’s human resources department and wants to remain there.

The 19-year-old said: “I haven’t looked back since.”

The firm, based in Friar Lane, has clients across the world and helps to ensure companies pay staff on time, as well as offering advice on different aspects including legal issues.

It was one of the firms which made a pledge to take on an apprentice as part of the Post’s 100 in 100 campaign last year.

The Post is now following that up with the Get Notts Working drive.

Jodie, of Hucknall, took up the post at PBS, one of 162 created during the 100-day campaign, and now oversees 14 of the firm’s clients.

She started her apprenticeship in January last year, and went on to achieve an NVQ Level 2 qualification in business and administration in October.

She has now started full-time employment with the firm, which has sent her to Nottingham Trent University to do a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development course.

She said: “I really enjoy the work I do. The training I have received has been really good.

“Now I feel I have got really good prospects for my future career. I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone of my age.

“You can learn while you have a job and earn money.”

Pam Pindar, managing director of PBS, said: “Jodie has come in and done really well. She has been a big success.”

She added: “Apprenticeships can provide a big boost for businesses. Apprentices can bring in raw talent and a keenness to work, which are vital for successful companies.

“If we have apprentices, they are here for the long term. We can train them up to a standard we expect.

“I believe that if you invest in people, they invest in you.”

The Get Notts Working campaign aims to help local people in their efforts to find a job.

It is a partnership between the Post, Notts and Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, the National Apprenticeship Service, Nottinghamshire City and County Employment and Skills Board, and councils, as well as major local companies.

The first phase of the campaign is to find 100 apprenticeships posts in 100 days.

Later this year, we will promote work experience, asking firms to take on unemployed people for a short period.

In addition, the campaign will ask company representatives to attend work clubs and enterprise clubs, alongside employment experts, to help unemployed Notts residents prepare for work.

  • Anyone wanting to pledge to take on an apprentice can contact Jon Smart, the press and media manager at Derbyshire and Notts Chamber of Commerce. E-mail or telephone 01246 207207.

Paul Champion
Strategic Project Manager

Mobile: 07540 704920

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