At Aston Services Group we place great importance on the development of our staff in line with our ethos of ‘developing our people to enhance your business’.

We therefore have taken, in conjunction with Suzie Roberts from our training partner Equals Training (Independent Assured Learning), a very forward thinking approach and have a rolling programme of learning opportunities and apprenticeships being delivered from NVQ Level 2 through to NVQ Level 7.

The Apprenticeship Levy is a government commitment to boosting productivity by investing in human capital. As part of this, the government is committed to developing vocational skills, and to increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. It has committed to an additional 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. The levy will help to deliver new apprenticeships and it will support quality training by putting employers at the centre of the system. Employers who are committed to training will be able to get back more than they put in by training sufficient numbers of apprentices.

This process is already proving successful with a recent group of hard-working apprenticeship candidates presented with their well- earned NVQ certificates at Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington. (see photograph).

These individuals were amongst the first of our Apprenticeship Levy cohorts and have completed a range of qualifications including NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Customer Service, Team Leading & Management.

“This is a great opportunity for me to learn, train and develop on the job.  I have enjoyed the challenge of this programme and can really see the benefits of personal development and learning new skills to enhance my employability in the future.”

Alistair Clayton, Aston Services Group Commercial Director commented, “It is crucial moving forward as a group, that we deliver the highest levels of customer experience within the retail and built environments and well-trained, well-motivated staff are one of the key differentiators in this highly competitive marketplace. The ethos which underpins Aston Services Group is ‘’developing our people to enhance your business’’ and recognise that developing our people creates progression and career opportunities for them as individuals but also highly motivated and empowered individuals who feel motivated and valued.’’

Suzy Roberts added, “Equals Training are delighted to be supporting learning and development with Aston Services Group. As a forward-thinking employer, ASG genuinely values the talents and aspirations of their team’s members.  The high level of achievement is the result of a collective effort from involved management, committed learners and focused training. I look forward to continuing the drive to optimise people potential at ASG and raise standards within the sector as we step into 2019.”

Further to this, at the quarterly Aston Services Group Staff Conference, held at customer Manchester 235 Casino (a 5-star entertainment complex housed in the historic Great Northern Warehouse), a further group of apprentices were presented with their certificates from a number of our teams.

Picture 1 shows: Gary Yates, Team Leading L2; Susan Craven, Customer Service L2; Jane French, Customer Service L2; Tracy Sherlock, Team Leading L2; Peter Gossett, Customer Service L2; Christopher Stokoe, Management L3, along with Sally Taylor, Retail Operations Director and Alistair Clayton, Commercial Director.

Picture 2. Shows Suzie Roberts of Equals Training and Ian Gilston, Chairman of Aston Services Group, presenting one of the apprentices Nosheen Rhodes with her certificate at the conference.

Congratulations to all for your hard work and commitment and well done with your qualifications!!