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Romford medical agency is top in UK for apprentices

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 March 2015

Julie Hewitt, director of business development at awarding body Gateway, Kirsty Pascoe, learning and development advisor and Sue Murfet, head of human resources and organisation development

Julie Hewitt, director of business development at awarding body Gateway, Kirsty Pascoe, learning and development advisor and Sue Murfet, head of human resources and organisation development

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A giant-killing recruitment firm has seen off a top supermarket chain to be crowned the best company in the UK for training apprentices.

Medical agency Total Assist, based in Eastern Road, Romford, picked up Seetec’s Apprentice Employer of the Year award last week.

With 16 apprentices among its 96 staff, the company works closely with Seetec to support 16-24-year-olds in the workplace.

It offers youngsters a 12-week apprenticeship that often leads to a full-time position. On top of that, the role involves training, with many gaining their Business Administration Levels 2 and 3 qualifications.

The role of an apprentice at the company involves obtaining documentation for doctors who work at hospitals. A tight screening process is carried out to find the right candidate.

More than 50 businesses were shortlisted for the award, including Aldi, but the Romford team took home the gong at the Westfield Stratford bash.

Sue Murfet, head of HROD at Total Assist, said: “I was absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of Total Assist. We have worked hard to provide a quality training programme for our apprentices and they in turn have added real value to our business.

“To watch them all learn, grow and develop confidence during the duration of their apprenticeship is very rewarding and we are pleased to have been able to offer them full–time jobs at the end of their apprenticeship.”

On top of the company’s success, there was an individual triumph for one apprentice on its books.

Michael Sylvester came runner-up in the Apprentice of the Year category.


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