As a company, we have seen a positive impact and have benefited hugely from the apprenticeship scheme. It has enabled us to provide three separate departments in the company with support and to bring different aspects to problem-solving within the team.

OD Projects was able to take on its first apprentice, Jacob Stewart, in 2015 – who now has a full-time role – thanks to an apprenticeship grant offered by Harborough District Council. Since then, we’ve taken on two more apprentices, Tom Franklin and Leo Blain.

Our apprentices met with the Leader of Harborough District Council Neil Bannister and two of their apprentices this past week. They discussed the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme, what it has to offer and their own experience.

Councillor Bannister said: “It was great to meet these young apprentices who are clearly thriving in their roles. I am delighted the council has been able to assist this business, through apprenticeship grant, and I encourage other businesses to explore if they could also benefit.”

Tom Franklin, OD Projects apprentice, said: “This opportunity has helped us get a foothold in the world of work. It’s great that OD Projects is bringing in new talent through the apprenticeship scheme and developing skills to benefit the business and us as individuals.”

Read the article here, on the Harborough District Council website.