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How Danish apprentices find a way into British companies

Skrevet af Mette Skiffard tirsdag d. 20. juni 2017

The key to success has been network and a deep respect for our partners. In London in particular, it is important to be present and we regularly visit London to meet with our ever growing network.

Karoline was one of the first students from Aarhus Business College to become a trainee in London. She had applied for a job at Skandium. Karoline was extremely nervous before the job interview  which took place at Skandium’s Brompton Road store.  I went to London with her and a group of students who all had applied for the same job. We often accompany the students to ensure they feel comfortable going abroad for an interview, to make sure they are properly prepared for the interview, and to see to it that the job interview is a good experience. However, our other main focus is our partners, the companies employing our students. We insist on a liasing with the companies with regard to every single candidate. It is of vital importance to us that we see eye-to-eye with the companies to ensure a good match between the employer and our student.

The key to success

Two years ago, Aarhus Business College had three students training in European companies. Today, we boast 35 trainees in a number of countries, such as Germany, Austria, Finland, Iceland, Spain, and of course the UK where approx. half of our students train in London-based companies.

The key to success has been network and a deep respect for our partners. In London in particular, it is important to be present and we regularly visit London to meet with our ever growing network. Patience it of the essence, and fortunately we experience an enormous interest for our work and the companies’ chance to participate in educating and training young people within retail, trade, and administration.

DUCC has played an important role in our work as Gunnar P. Larsen with his international experience has opened the doors to his network and made introductions to a vast number of interesting and interested companies in London that subsequently have employed our students.

Follow-up and dialogue

When we enter a partnership with a company we spend a lot of time discussing expectations on both sides. In our experience, employers’ expectations increase by the hour because our students are competent and an increasing number of our students work side-by-side with their  British colleagues taking on the same tasks and responsibilities as a fully trained retail employee.  We consider this a huge compliment, however, it is also a challenge as it requires current follow-up and a constant dialogue between Aarhus Business College and the partner.

During their year of training, students return to college three to four times for one to two weeks at the time, and we inform the company of its student’s efforts, performance and work ethics just as we inform about the contents of the tehories the student has been introduced to and how he nor she could employ this knowledge when returning for more training in the company.

As far as Karoline is concerned, the job interview went really well. She was a bit uncertain as to what it would be like for a young independent girl with a Nordic attitude to life to work for what she anticipated would be a “conservative” British work place. She got the job and embarked on a wonderful and fruitful year at Skandium.

This year, Skandium has employed six new students from Aarhus Business College, all starting by the beginning of August.

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