Former Apprentices Debate NHS and Brexit with Ben Gummer MP
Seven, who were finalists for two of the recruitment industry’s most prestigious awards earlier in the month, invited Mr Gummer in to meet its current crop of apprentices and to find out why Seven is one of the fastest growing recruitment agencies in the UK.
Specialising in sourcing locum staff for the social care, nursing, healthcare and criminal justice sectors, Seven prides itself on offering fantastic opportunities to young people in Ipswich and surrounding areas.
Ben was keen to learn more about the company’s successful apprenticeship scheme – and a similar programme aimed at working mums – as well as the challenges facing Seven as off-framework recruiters and the perceived shortcomings in public sector resourcing.
Following an initial conversation with Seven’s MD, Richard Cooke, Ben was given a demonstration of Seven’s industry-leading technology and a tour of the office, where he got to meet several team members. He was then invited to lead a group discussion with some former apprentices who are now working at management level.
Complimenting the team on the hunger and determination they’d shown in grabbing the opportunity and making the most of it, Mr Gummer entered into a healthy debate with them regarding his ambitions for the NHS and the government’s plans for cutting the £2.8bn NHS deficit.
Ben was sympathetic to how the salary cap introduced by the conservatives has adversely affected the locum recruitment sector, and was refreshingly candid about why these cuts were necessary and the challenges he and his colleagues are facing with the beleaguered health service.
The conversation then turned to the Brexit referendum. Ben made his case for why he feels the UK should remain part of the EU, and it’s fair to say he got a bit of a grilling by the former apprentices, who were keen to hear both sides of the argument and get their hands on some facts.
Following Mr Gummer’s visit, Richard Cooke had this to say; “It was wonderful to have our hard work recognised at the Recruiter Awards 2016, which is the biggest event on the recruitment calendar, but for me, the true measure of success is how well we meet the needs of our clients and candidates.
“That’s really down to our people, and our ongoing apprenticeship scheme and new starter development programme are integral to maintaining our high service standards. Getting some recognition for our efforts from Ben Gummer was very motivating for me personally, and a real morale boost for the team.
“As someone who came through an apprenticeship scheme, I’m a big advocate. It was hugely beneficial to me and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say I wouldn’t be on my current career path if I hadn’t been an apprentice. I’m very proud to say Seven has a 100% success rate in taking apprentices into full-time permanent positions.”
If you’d like to find out more about the opportunities on offer at Seven Resourcing, you’re encouraged to get in touch via their website – www.seven-resourcing.com.