Sage Apprentices Stand Out from the Crowd

25 October 2019

Apprentices and employees enjoyed an afternoon of celebrations as a way of recognising their latest achievements.

Sage UK, based in Newcastle upon Tyne held a graduation ceremony for 109 apprentices who had recently finished their apprenticeship.

Among the 109 apprentices were high achievers Conner Hollinshead, Harry Sanderson, Daniel Edgar, Rebecca Castle and Steven Dewar who all achieved a Distinction for their end point assessment.

End point assessments are part of the newly introduced apprenticeship standard and are a series of tests an apprentice must take as the end of their apprenticeship. This new format was expected to challenge learners however through their apprenticeship with Northern Skills Group, Sage’s apprentices have taken on the challenge with ease.

Rebecca Castle, Customer Service Practitioner said:

“I’m so proud to say that I have finished, I thought I couldn’t do it but I did! I have actually now set up a mentoring programme within Sage to help with this year’s intake of apprentices so I can help others succeed!”

Rebecca’s passion around learning and staff development is clearly embedded throughout Sage who pride themselves on investing in the talent of tomorrow and support the younger generation.

Another apprentice who is thrilled with their Distinction result is Conner Hollinshead:

“It has been challenging but Amanda my Training Adviser really supported me and kept me on track, today’s celebration reminds me of all my hard work and that it was totally worth it!”

Susan Miller, Customer Service Manager at Sage is thrilled at her apprentices’ achievements.

“We recognise that our apprentices are a big part of the future makings of Sage, apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to help shape career paths and support our employees through their career.

“We have a fantastic relationship with Northern Skills Group who work on site at our Head Office to support our apprentices in-house.  I feel we are very lucky to have them, we see Amanda and Carren on a daily basis and they go above and beyond to ensure we are supported.”

It was not only Customer Service who saw great success through their apprentices, Steven Dewar Accountancy Level 3 apprentice also achieved a Distinction grade for his end point assessment, being the first Accountancy apprentice to achieve this, he said:

“I prefer to learn on the job so this apprenticeship was ideal for me and to achieve a distinction grade for my end point assessment is even better!

“I have now progressed on to the Level 4 qualification and feel like this has given me a great boost for my career.”

Steven’s Line Manager, David Pickering is pleased to be have Steven in his team.

“Steven is now in a full time contract with us while studying for his Level 4 qualification, he is such as a great asset to the team and is a great example of how Sage can discover emerging talent through apprenticeships, every year we work with Northern Skills Group to recruit a new intake – we really value them.”

“Today’s graduation has been truly amazing, it’s a great way to show our appreciation as an organisation and to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our staff. It’s also a great opportunity for us to thank Northern Skills Group staff for all their support.”

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