As a company operating in an industry which will rely ever more increasingly on STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Open GI has a special interest in promoting the development of local talent in this area. To strengthen this Bernadette Pelster, Open GI’s Chief People Officer, is an employer representative on the Worcestershire Future Skills Board and works closely with Christopher Whitehead Language College as one of its Careers Enterprise Advisors.
It was this keen interest in the development of STEM skills that has led Open GI to develop and invest in its apprenticeship scheme, which has gone from strength to strength since it began two years ago. The company has supported a steady stream of apprentices and currently employs ten individuals across various functions in the business, including: HR, Marketing, IT, Sales, Support and Development.
This year, with a proven track record of success in the development and retention of many apprentices, Open GI felt it was the right time to seize the opportunity of being recognised as a quality apprentice employer in Worcestershire. A nomination at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this.
Bernadette Pelster commented:
“We have a philosophy of recruiting apprentices with high potential, to then nurture and help them develop in their choice of career with Open GI. We have had great success, in particular with our school leaver apprentices, and our aim is wherever possible to retain them and develop their careers further once they have completed their studies.
“We are delighted that this group effort has been recognised through achieving the ‘Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award’ and I thank our apprentices, their managers and mentors for their contribution to our success.”