Mental health charity Mind in Exeter and East Devon recruited two apprentices last year with the help of grants from the Government and the county council.
Rebecca Worth and Terry Shaptor joined in September and chief executive Ruth Wells has been delighted with their contribution to the organisation so far.
“They have been getting on really well,” said Ruth. “They are both very impressive young people who take their roles very seriously and they are progressing very well.”
The health and social care apprentices spend one day a week at Exeter College and the other four days working at the charity’s bases in Exeter and Honiton.
Mind in Exeter and East Devon decided to recruit its first two apprentices after attending an event for employers organised by Devon County Council during last year’s National Apprenticeship Week.
“I went along to the event at Sandy Park because we are quite a unique organisation and I have realised that there’s a need for us to be part of the development of people at an early stage of their career in order for us to be able to find the right skill sets,” said Ruth. “I saw apprenticeships as an opportunity to do that.
“I have been interested in apprenticeships in the past but I was unsure as to whether we could afford it, so the grant from the council was very much appreciated and we’re very grateful to the council for making that possible.
“Exeter College did a lot of the recruitment for us, which was really helpful.
“I hope that at the end of their two-year apprenticeship there will be further opportunities for Rebecca and Terry with Mind.”