Investing in employees is an important aspect of developing a business.  From 6 February, car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is launching its largest recruitment of apprentices to date. The company is aiming to recruit 133 apprentices to join the business in 2012, compared with 114 last year. The apprentices will be based in various locations in the West Midlands, as well as in Merseyside. (BBC, 2nd February 2012)

Operating in a highly competitive market, British Gas, the UK’s leading provider of energy, provides its annual intake of apprentices with the highest level of training both on- and off-the-job.  This enables them to acquire the necessary technical skills and customer focus to ensure that the business can respond to its customers’ needs and remain competitive.

By providing the right structures, training and development opportunities, British Gas employees can increase their skills and contribute more to the business.  This also means that British Gas can create a pipeline of talent to ensure it has the right leadership and management skills in the future – a critical element of a long term business strategy.

As Des Thurlby, a spokesperson from JLR, said: ‘Our apprentice intake has more than doubled in the last four years. JLR is committed to providing the highest quality practical and academic training to develop the future generation of engineering talent needed to drive our business forward.’

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