Finding the right people and then helping them to develop their careers and to fulfil their full potential is essential for a major service company like Serco.
It’s for this reason the company is so supportive of any initiative to help young people shine when applying for jobs and to develop their skills through further education, professional development and work-based learning.
The recent recruitment of Oto Solomon at Serco ASP payroll in Witham is a good example of how important careful preparation can be in securing a new job. After graduating with an economics degree Oto spent more than a year trying to secure a full-time job. It was only after attending a motivational 15 hour ‘Make it to Interview’ course - hosted by Ignite Business and funded through a community grant from TCHC – that Oto’s job search proved to be successful.
He said: “The course opened my eyes and gave me the confidence to talk more positively about myself and to help me open up in interviews. I’m so pleased I attended the course and, of course, I’m absolutely delighted to get a job with a company that’s so passionate about the development of their employees.”
Serco’s commitment to support the development of young people like Oto has been given a further boost following the recent introduction of a new degree-level apprenticeship in management. Working with a group of 40 employers and universities, Serco has led the development of the new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship which aims to provide an alternative to university for school leavers. It takes around four years to complete and is based on work-based projects in the workplace as well as university study time, with apprentices earning a full-time salary throughout their training and studies.