4 February 2015

Move management firm Sargents hails Apprenticeships

Leading Kent based move management firm Sargents, which has in excess of 60 employees, has celebrated National Apprenticeships Week (6-10 February) by announcing their innovative Apprenticeship Programme developed in conjunction with employability and skills provider Skills Training UK.

The company, based on the Fordgate Business Park in Thamesmead, Kent and owned by Restore plc, provides move management and storage services in London and south east England with clients including many blue chip city banking, legal and media firms.

Mark Rousell, Managing Director, Sargents, said: “At Sargents, we are always striving to do better and so the continuous professional development of our staff is a major priority. I am delighted that we have developed our Apprenticeships programme which will help us ensure that all our staff have the skills and the discipline we need to provide our customers with truly excellent service.”

Sargents has partnered with employability and skills provider Skills Training UK to devise a tailored Team Leading Apprenticeship programme. It is helping to ensure a pipeline of employees who have developed the specific skills required for supervisory roles in the business. The Apprenticeship includes areas like time management; communication; handling paperwork and problem solving.

Brad Read, General Manager, Logistics & Customer Service, Sargents, said: “At Sargents we regard move management as a profession. This programme is clarifying our training structure and helps us ensure we have team members who have the right skills and competence to fill the supervisory roles. It’s two-way and the staff see this as an opportunity for them personally as well.”

Currently nine staff members are working towards National Vocational Qualifications at Level 2 in Team Leading, with a further 12 staff enrolling on the programme throughout February. Skills Training UK’s assessors visit the workplace regularly to give training, assess tasks which have been set and give personal support to each employee. Bespoke workshops will also be delivered in a new training centre, which is part of Sargents’ investment and which will also give employees a quiet place to study.

Sargents was established in 1989 and in April 2011 was acquired by Restore plc, an AIM listed support services company. For further information about Sargents please visit their website at http://www.sargents.co.uk/ or to find out about the range of Apprenticeships available from Skills Training UK see http://www.skillstraininguk.com/

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