Key Training

As well as offering a wide range of fully government funded Apprenticeships, we partner with employers to offer exciting job opportunities for young people.
http://www.keytraining.co.uk

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Key Training is an apprenticeship training provider which recruits unemployed young people and places them in permanent office jobs and since it was founded in 1965 has grown to be one of the most successful businesses of its kind.

The pandemic was a particular challenge because of the mass switch from offices to home working but the Bracknell-based company had the capability to switch rapidly to an online programme, which covered employability, video interviewing techniques with some vocational training. When not in lockdown, staff worked tirelessly with young people to find work experience placements and continue to support them into paid employment or apprenticeships.

The four company values of Determination, Dedication, Drive and Duty were at the forefront during this major transformation to a fully digital delivery service model, with senior managers providing unrelenting support to their teams to help them navigate the change. 80% of employees are now working from home permanently.

Senior managers like to innovate. Recruitment has also moved online through video adverts and video applications submitted through cloud-based software with candidates recording answers to a series of questions. Feedback from applicants has been positive, with many saying this use of technology helps them to start building relationships from the beginning.

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My Company

86% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

Acting on the findings of engagement surveys is important to morale. When employees described increasing administrative pressures that were hindering their performance and increasing workloads, senior managers reacted by taking on four apprentices of their own to provide the administrative support required.

Personal Growth

76% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

The Management Development Programme, which has ten progressive stages, is open to all staff who show interest in managing. Starting with individual profiling, it moves through topics such as knowledge, skills and behaviours of effective leaders, communications, situational leadership and building a strong personal brand, all with one-to-one coaching.

Fair Deal

60% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

Sales teams can earn commission-based bonuses to boost their salaries. Senior managers though this was unfair to employees in service delivery and support functions so introduced a set of KPIs for those in those roles which, if met, would result in annual salary increases.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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