Telent graduates and apprentices – a team of soaring stars

At Telent, we offer apprenticeships and graduate schemes to encourage young people to develop their skills. These schemes are an excellent way for young people to take the first step of their career in engineering and telecoms as we provide hands-on experience of high-profile projects, as well as structured training, mentoring and support. So far this year, 22 new apprentices and 16 graduates have been deployed across the business with a future job at Telent in mind for them upon completion.

Bright generation of talent

Back in November last year, Telent posted its upcoming graduate vacancies, for both Project Management and Engineering programmes. Telent launched its apprenticeship vacancies in February 2020, coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week. With various placements, graduate schemes and apprenticeships provide the perfect platform for talented individuals at the start of their career to make their mark on the industry and work alongside our teams of experienced, friendly faces, with the view to learn and develop.

Telent received a total of 2,871 applications across all programmes. This involved digital campaigns, careers fair outreach and working with three apprenticeship providers to encourage young people to start careers in the cutting-edge telecoms sector.

A pandemic on the horizon

Following the application stage, successful candidates were asked to undertake a face to face interview with graduate assessments taking place in March and apprenticeship assessments taking place in both May and June. Here, we met some talented candidates and offered a number of roles as a result. An additional two graduate assessments were due to take place the following week. However, in line with company guidance, national circumstances and the venue closing, these events were cancelled.

Owing to the global pandemic, it was unlikely that traditional assessment centre methods would allow us to achieve our recruitment goals this year. Thinking ahead, the learning and development team began to plan virtual assessment solutions to continue to recruit in a fair way with minimal bias. Telent’s aim to convey a friendly family feel throughout the recruitment process was weaved into each assessment.

The first virtual assessments took place in May and continued until the beginning of August.

More than 31 new colleagues were inducted over two days, including a virtual session to help new team members adjust to distant working, “speed networking” with Telent’s executive team and even a virtual pub quiz. Telent’s new graduates and apprentices welcomed this virtual approach, with one stating “I was very pleased to see that so much emphasis is placed on continuous development and it was good to interact with directors”.

“We wanted to continue the family feel in the run-up to their first day” said Richard Giddings, Graduate and Apprenticeship Manager at Telent. “That’s why we sent them a box of treats, breakfast for their first day, even including a plant for their home office”.

The sky’s the limit

All in all, six project management graduates, ten engineering graduates, six network services apprentices and nine transport apprentices were hired. The new graduates and apprentices are based across the country, with locations including Chorley, London, Camberley, Warwick and Liverpool.

Telent’s apprenticeships and graduate schemes aim to address and eliminate skills shortages across the industry by helping to develop the next generation of talent. Congratulations to all our new recruits who we hope are at the beginning of a long and successful career with Telent!

For more information about Telent’s apprenticeship and graduate careers programs and view its latest vacancies, please visit: https://telent.com/careers


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