The PRCA has been outstanding in supplying the right people, resources and support to help our Communications Apprentice not only succeed but thrive throughout her apprenticeship. Our apprentice only joined us in September 2020 and of course the last year saw us all having to operate within vastly different parameters to how we normally would. PRCA’s support and professionalism never wavered and the switch to an online service was seamless - the quality of its contribution seemingly not affected by the necessary change in delivery. Perhaps the biggest accolade I can give the PRCA is that, even in difficult circumstances, our apprentice passed with a distinction and it was marvellous to see her skillset grow and sector knowledge improve so quickly. Great job PRCA… we know where to come should we be in a position to recruit for another apprentice further down the line.”
Andy Mckay, Communications Manager (Internal), Essex Highways
We worked with PRCA to hire our extremely talented apprentice; Joy Haggard into our small but mighty internal communications team. The end to end process, apprenticeship and help we received from PRCA was of a high standard with Joy successfully achieving a distinction, something we are all very proud of. Developing and investing in our apprentices is essential to the future of dmg media. Apprenticeships allow us to hire inclusively and diversely. They welcome fresh perspectives and new talent into the business with passion, energy and enthusiasm to learn and apply their new skills. In our opinion, hiring an apprentice is a no brainer.”
Antonia Fox, Talent and Learning Manager, dmg media
In the autumn of 2018 we 'took delivery' of two fresh faced apprentices, secured by the PRCA. We had requested just one but the calibre of both candidates at interview was so exceptional that we couldn't choose between the girls and took them both. Over the next 18 months, with the support of the team here and the continual professional services of the PRCA, these two young girls blossomed from school leavers to fully fledged communication pros. Taking on an apprentice should not be taken lightly as it is quite a commitment to your business and to the apprentice, but the PRCA offered excellent assistance to ensure that girls were kept on track and working towards their qualification. Glad to say they both passed with flying colours and we are proud to have played a role in launching their careers.”
Caroline Coskry, CEO, The Oracle Group
Co-op is an organisation that recognises talent and values colleague development. As our apprentice started her new job, we established that it would be a great opportunity to gain a PR and communications qualification and worked with our in-house apprenticeship team and the PRCA to explore and arrange this.
Through learning in her communications role and studying for their apprenticeship, our apprentice gained a wide knowledge of the industry and the careers within it, honing her skills to help us communicate effectively to a complex, target audience comprising different member stakeholders, across a number of channels. We were delighted that our apprentice achieved a distinction and was well supported by her PRCA mentor to showcase all the great work she’s done.
Continuing to develop, our apprentice is working to a really high level, splitting her time between her communications role in our team and in Co-op’s PR team, which will hopefully lead to a full-time role and the next step in her career.”
Simon Plunkett, Democratic Services & Projects Manager, Co-op
The PRCA’s apprenticeship application process has been nothing short of outstanding. Thanks to the organisation’s in-depth and high quality training, we have taken on a new member of the team who is extremely proficient and knowledgeable within all elements of the PR industry. From liaising with our clients in a courteous and professional manner, our PRCA Apprentice has become an integral part of the Voice Communications team. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow within the workspace and it’s all thanks to the superb training that the PRCA has provided.”
Megan House, Senior Account Manager, Voice Communications
The recruitment for our apprentice was seamless. PRCA provided us with a selection of candidates which we brought forward for an assessment day. PRCA supported us on this assessment day and it was a hard decision as the candidates were of high calibre. Our successful candidate has proved to be a valuable member of the team and has since been successful in securing a permanent position with us in the same field so she can continue her career.”
Judy Janson, Personnel Advisor, Ashford Borough Council
At a time when we needed more resource, but had limited budget, recruiting an apprentice seemed like a good idea.
The recruitment process was simple and PRCA held screening interviews on our behalf. From the very start we knew we had made the right decision, the training Jasmin received was excellent and she was keen to learn as much as possible from our team. Over the course of her apprenticeship Jasmin diligently completed all her PRCA Level 4 apprenticeship work alongside her daily work. Her enthusiasm and raw talent allowed her to get involved in more projects as her knowledge base and confidence grew, and she started to support the wider business, gaining positive feedback from colleagues across the country.
Jasmin remains an integral part of our team and organisation. She is the go-to contact in marketing and communications for many of our staff. She has represented our organisation at Apprenticeship events, acted as an Apprentice Ambassador and helped mentor another member of our team through her recent apprenticeship.
I would have no hesitation in recruiting another apprentice to support our talent pool.”
Alona De Havilland, Head of Marketing & Communications and Employee Voice Chair, Shaw Trust
As well as advertising, sourcing and filtering applications, PRCA provided us a with a shortlist of pre- screened candidates, the calibre of which was excellent. Their support over the last year for our current apprentices has been a great help.”
Fraser Sinclair, HR Director, Golin
Thanks to the PRCA’s quality selection process and ongoing assessments, we have had the benefit of a very capable and focused apprentice for the last year now, and all without any hassle or recruitment fees.”
Megan Greenwood, Founder, See.Saw
The process was very simple, thanks to support from the PRCA. But all the important rules about recruiting still apply: the quality of interview is critical. Emma’s ambition and positive attitude shone through in interview.”
Liz Male, Managing Director, Liz Male Consulting Ltd