In the last two years, Kelly Barnes, co-owner of Krispies in Exmouth, Devon, has put six of her staff members through apprenticeship programmes, enabling them to study for a recognised qualification while working and getting paid. She sees it as a two-way street; staff improve their skills base and see a career path while the business gains a motivated and qualified team.
“We felt that we needed to be offering something to the people coming through our doors,” says Kelly. “So rather than it being “just a job in a chippy” we wanted to provide courses that will be an investment for the business as well as for the individuals themselves – apprenticeships provided exactly that.
“When people come and work here I want them to know there is an end goal in terms of progression, there’s always something for them to work towards.”