Apprentices Boost Business
Young apprentices are easing the work load and boosting morale at an East Sussex holiday park.
Crowhurst Park Holiday Village has seen major improvements to its workforce after taking on apprentices from Sussex Downs College since 2014.
Hospitality manager Julie Hannah currently has four apprentices and is about to welcome two more to the events team at Crowhurst Park.
According to Julie, the apprentices that have joined the team and have helped to increase motivation and productivity. Furthermore they have increased staff retention, helping to reduce the high turnover of staff that generally plagues the hospitality and events industry.
Julie explains: “With so many graduates looking for work, many employers are seeking experience and qualifications, and this is where I feel the apprenticeship scheme really comes into its own. It offers young people the chance to earn whilst they learn, and with the current government support offering funding and opportunities right up to degree level, apprenticeships are finally offering a real alternative to university.”
Julie aims to spread apprenticeship recruitment across all of Crowhurst Park departments in order to continue revitalising the business.
She adds: “The experience has been overwhelmingly positive for me as an employer, I only wish I had done it sooner. Apprenticeships are only going to grow and grow, in terms of popularity and choice, over the next few years and it won’t be very long before it will be a standard recruitment practice.”