National Apprenticeship Week – training the future workforce – RM HR


CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey reports more good news on skill training within Royal Mail Group with the announcement that the company’s HR Services division in Sheffield is set to launch an apprenticeship scheme for around 28 apprentices.

“It’s great to be able to confirm this positive development during National Apprenticeship Week,” said Andy, who explains that this new scheme will be introduced across various specialist areas including pay, pensions, recruitment, Advice Centre, and PSP Support & Learning.

The programme, which is aimed at relatively new employees and succeeds the previously agreed NVQ arrangements, will be run by fully qualified external training providers.

According to the agreed schedule, the apprentices are expected to be in place across the various functions in HR Services by next month.

“Importantly, the approach agreed to the introduction of this apprenticeship scheme is aimed at up-skilling and developing current employees and therefore, crucially the members’ pay and the contractual number of hours of work is fully in line with the Four Pillars Agreement which introduced for these grades a 34-hour net working week from October 2018,” Andy points out.

“This is a positive development and it is good to be able to report this significant progress in our joint work with Royal Mail to invest in developing the skills of our members.”

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