What our employers say about Apprenticeships


Barrie Crompton
Production Supervisor at Billfinger International Engineering and Services Group

“The Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) apprenticeship training recently delivered by the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre and undertaken by our Supervisors and Team Leaders proved to be of great benefit to the business. The content perfectly aligned to changes of culture and practices required across our Production Cells. The content was delivered in a flexible approach to suit our day to day operation. It was so successful that we are now rolling the programme out to other team members.”

Pippa Rose
Practice Nurse Lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs

“We’ve built a strong relationship with the team at the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre and the Health Care Assistant apprenticeship scheme we developed with them has been hugely successful in Sefton. It’s great to see some of our apprentices going on to do degree level training and the rest in permanent employment, many in the practices they were apprentices at. They are all very thankful for the opportunity and the mix of hands-on experience and in-class lessons worked really well for them.”

Amy Crowther
Group Recruitment Officer at GAP Ltd

“GAP Ltd have developed a strong relationship with the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre and we now have a number of apprentices in a range of different areas of the business. Apprenticeships provide talented individuals with the opportunity to develop skills, gain industry recognised qualifications and realise their full potential. They also work for us as a business because they provide the organisation with committed and enthusiastic staff; who are trained in our working practices and company ethos. We see apprenticeship programmes as key drivers in helping us realise major strategic objectives.”

Anne Grogan
Apprenticeship Officer at Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

“CITB has a longstanding relationship with the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre and we have around 70 apprentices learning construction trades on an annual basis. Working with the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre ensures that our employers and apprentices get excellent training from highly skilled and motivated staff. The team at the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre work closely with us to ensure that our high standards of quality delivery are met. We share a joint ethos of working together to get the very best results for our apprentices, who are the lifeblood of our industry.”

Steve Crawford
Owner at Crawfords Decorators

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