Building Working Relationships – Juniper

During National Apprenticeship week we were excited to welcome Juniper to our Derby Hub for taster sessions giving their learners an idea of what an apprenticeship journey would entail.

We were delighted to receive such great feedback from Juniper about the working relationship they have built with our Learner Engagement Team

Geason Training have supported our students over the past few months with various activities. They have conducted mock interviews, currently supporting a student with an administration work placement and arranged a taster day for our business administration students for national apprenticeships week. The team are extremely knowledgeable and have given our student fantastic IAG. The taster day consisted of a formal presentation with one of the tutors/assessor, discussing digital marketing and ICT apprenticeship. The tutor discussed in detail what their entry requirements are, how long the apprenticeship is for level 3 and level 4, how the students will be assessed and how this is measured and companies Geason are currently working with. The presentation was extremely informative. The tutor set the students a task using the Canva to create a leaflet that would attract potential apprentices with the information that was discussed with them in the presentation. The verbal feedback from the student after the event was extremely positive. This has had a positive effect on our student as it have help them understand expectation progressing into higher education. The taster day was professional and very well organised, we look forward to the next taster day. Lauren and Martin kindly offered one of my student with an administration work placement. Lauren and myself conducted a risk assessment prior to the student starting, this was to ensure the placement was suitable for the student and for the work taster day. We arranged a meeting with the student, myself, Lauren and Martin. This was to discuss her duties and responsibilities, times, days and how we will all be supporting the student throughout her placement. When the student start Lauren ensured a full induction was completed. We have weekly contact to discuss the students’ progress and attendance, the employer feedback has been consistent and the staff have made my job easier. Martin has plans for the student to help her further develop in the work placement, by supporting them with blogs and posting on their social media. The student’s feedback from her placement has been extremely positive, she is thoroughly enjoying it and feel safe and supported. The student would like to progress onto a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprenticeship and she feels this placement will give her the platform she needs to progress positively from Juniper. My overall experience with Geason has been outstanding and I am looking forward to continuing a positive working relationship with them.

Michaela Watters – Progression Co-ordinator

We have built a strong work relationship with Geason over the past year. Their approach and attitude to working with young people has always been very professional and nothing is too much trouble.
My first meeting with Lauren Beavis was very informative and she was keen to offer her support with our students undertaking mock interviews. Student feedback following mock interviews with Lauren and Aaron, was extremely positive. They felt that Lauren and Aaron were professional, friendly and both gave clear and detailed verbal feedback, as well as formative feedback by completing Juniper feedback forms. As a result of the time and care they invested in our learners, our students felt more confident to tackle future interviews  and they had a clear understanding of their strengths and the areas that they needed to develop. Lauren has offered her services to us many times and she was very proactive in setting up a Work Taster Day at Geason, as part of National Apprenticeship week. I attended this trip and it was well organised and all staff supported our Learners. Every student that attended the work taster are now aware of progression routes onto Geason Apprenticeships and they have a clear understanding of employer expectations.  

Natalie Cundy – Recruitment Officer

Leave a Reply