As National Apprenticeship Week is celebrated across the United Kingdom from 3 to 9 February 2020, Sodexo’s very own Futures apprenticeship programme is helping to create the next generation of leaders.

Futures, which launched in July 2019, is an 18 month fully supported development programme run by Corporate Services in conjunction with HIT Training, one of Sodexo’s apprentice providers.

The Futures programme is a structured and specific apprenticeship journey offering the opportunity to gain an Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) qualification, whilst being employed in a permanent role. It offers career progression for the next generation of leaders.

There are two apprenticeships on offer: Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship and Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship. 

Sodexo currently has 110 apprentices working in Corporate Services, with 11 of those on a Futures apprenticeship.

The future's in management for AstraZeneca's Evie

Since 2017, Evie Tovee has worked as Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) Coordinator at AstraZeneca (AZ), a pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company in Macclesfield where Sodexo provides a range of workplace and facilities services.

She is currently five months into her Customer Services Specialist (Level 3) Futures apprenticeship which supplements her three days per week in the role. Evie already has an Interior Design degree from Leeds Metropolitan University, but her desire to progress has led her to continue her education.

She is one of 31 Sodexo apprentices on the AZ contract, and one of 11 at AZ on the Futures apprenticeship programe.

"I found out about Futures from a Sodexo communications email in 2019,” said Evie. "I want to progress within the business but currently on site there is no role I can go into to develop unless it's management or unless I travel to a different site."

To help me progress into management I wanted more knowledge and a qualification to help me make that next step. The Futures apprenticeship can provide that for me.

Aspects of her learning on the apprenticeship have allowed Evie to perform her current duties even better.

"I currently work in a team of six at AZ and we're responsible for all aspects of administration on site. We manage payroll, all purchase orders, all soft service and hard service and all uniforms.

"I have just completed a module on GDPR which has proved very useful for the work I do on the payroll. It was interesting to learn more in-depth about GDPR and I put that into practice without even realising because I have done so much studying on it."

Evie's dedication to progressing at Sodexo hasn't gone unnoticed.

Gary Holden, Apprenticeship Manager for the AZ contract, said: "Evie is very enthusiastic about completing the course and has a good vision of what she wants in the future. If you can see a future which you want to gain the qualification for, it's going to drive you along.

"An apprenticeship, for me, is a better way of getting educated and not leaving yourself with a big student debt. In the long run you are coming out with the same qualifications.Three Sodexo apprentices who are at Lancaster University are coming out with a Building Services Engineering degree with no student loan debt at the end of it. While they're learning, they're earning.

Sodexo’s Futures programme is a great way to upskill while you're on the job and give yourself more qualifications to progress your career at Sodexo.

To find out more about how Sodexo can improve work and transform workplace experience for your business, click here to contact us.

February 04, 2020

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