April 7, 2020

Apprenticeship success at Equals

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Apprenticeship success at Equals

Equals is a leading independent cost and project management consultancy, whose clients have included the Royal Opera House, British Land and the British Museum. Over the last few years, the company, with the help of LSBU, has strived to set up a successful apprenticeship programme, and today, apprentices make up around 15% of Equals’ workforce.

LSBU has been working in partnership with Equals to provide them with high quality apprentices to support in areas such as Quantity Surveying and Project Management. It is a competitive process, with around 250 applicants for just three places, but LSBU has provided support by supplying anonymised shortlists to make the process simpler. Having a dedicated Apprenticeships team at LSBU also ensures that our partners always have a point of contact for advice on navigating what can often be a complex system.

Prior to taking on apprentices, Equals found it increasingly difficult to recruit top-quality university leavers, and so in order to secure the future of the company, Equals saw the opportunity to train their youngest employees and set them up to be business leaders by immersing them in a variety of projects from the very start of their course. The apprentices study at LSBU for one day of the week, which provides them with knowledge and transferable skills that they can then put into practice in the workplace.

This is an organisation that is undoubtedly ahead of the curve and is now reaping the many benefits of having apprentices in the workplace.