'As well as advertising, sourcing and filtering applications, PRCA provided us a with a shortlist of pre- screened candidates, the calibre of which was excellent. Their support over the last year for our current apprentices has been a great help.'
Fraser Sinclair, HR Director, Golin
'Thanks to the PRCA’s quality selection process and ongoing assessments, we have had the benefit of a very capable and focused apprentice for the last year now, and all without any hassle or recruitment fees.'
Megan Greenwood, Founder, See.Saw
'The process was very simple, thanks to support from the PRCA. But all the important rules about recruiting still apply: the quality of interview is critical. Emma’s ambition and positive attitude shone through in interview.'
Liz Male, Managing Director at Liz Male Consulting Ltd
'The PRCA provided our apprentice, Laura, with first class support throughout her apprenticeship which gave her the skills and confidence to develop and grow within the workplace. The combination of in-house experience and the PRCA’s online and face-to-face study enabled Laura to learn a lot in a short space of time and she is now able to progress within the organisation.
The PRCA dealt with almost all of the recruitment process which made hiring an apprentice hassle free for us. A wealth of fantastic, bright young individuals were shortlisted and it was just a matter of picking which candidate we felt best suited our team.
We were so happy with the PRCA’s service that we’ve just hired a new apprentice who is proving to be a very valuable member of the team.'
Shelley Spratt, Deputy Head of Corporate Communications at Cambridgeshire Constabulary
'At Templemere PR we believe in encouraging young people into the PR industry. Our own apprentice has proved to be a fabulous addition to our team. She’s received high-quality training from the PRCA, and this is evident from the high-quality work she does to support our work and our clients.
As we are only a small team and our apprentice was our fourth recruit, we did debate whether appointing a graduate would be more appropriate for such an important strategic move. However, once the process began we realised that the calibre of the apprentice candidates meant that not only was this the best decision for us now, but also that it would be how we plan to recruit for junior roles in the future.
Our apprentice enjoys combining her studies with client work within an agency, and is looking forward to completing the apprenticeship with us.'
Clare Williams, Managing Director at Templemere Public Relations
'The PRCA’s apprenticeship service presented our agency with a selection of high quality candidates suited best to agency. Our apprentice was supported by a dedicated mentor and assessor who provided assistance and encouragement throughout the programme.'
Sananur Meric, Senior Account Manager, Quantum PR
At the Scouts we believe in supporting young people and adults to develop the skills they need to succeed in life. This is one of the reasons we are so passionate about the apprentices we employ.
We moved to the PRCA from another organisation as we were looking for someone to provide greater support, expertise and industry perspective for our learners. Our apprentices enjoy combining their studies with practical media work, and feel motivated and empowered to start their career after they have finished with us.
The PRCA worked with us as an employer to find and shortlist quality candidates with an enthusiasm for vocational training and media work. Their help and support in this area was invaluable.
Apprentices are fearless and bring a real “why are you doing it that way” attitude, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives. They receive superb mentoring and training from PRCA and we will be looking to work with them again when our current apprentice finishes his studies.
Andrew Thorp, Media Relations Officer/Media Relations Apprenticeship Manager, The Scouts
At Racepoint Global we are always on the lookout for talented people to join our team. Working closely with the PRCA, we had the pleasure of welcoming two apprentices to our team in June 2018. We’ve been impressed not only by their natural curiosity and thirst to learn but also by the level of support they receive from the PRCA. Now firmly embedded in our client servicing teams, the apprentices have added a new layer to the depth of young talent we are fortunate to have at Racepoint Global. We look forward to welcoming more PRCA apprentices and becoming a real powerhouse for nurturing the next generation of PR professionals.
Andrew Laxton, Managing Director and EVP, Racepoint Global
At the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, it is our role – working closely with key partners – to promote the county’s economy to a range of local, national and international audiences.
As you can imagine, having confident, articulate PR colleagues is key in achieving this.
More generally, one area of our work is to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses and young people – therefore, we wanted to practice what we were preaching and employed an apprentice through the PRCA.
We are now one year in and, not only do we have a bright and bubbly PR apprentice – taking on more and more exciting projects single-handedly – but we have invested in a superb apprenticeship programme, brilliantly supported by the PRCA.
As an organisation, we would absolutely recommend the PRCA and their apprenticeship scheme – it’s superb!
Rob Panting, Communications Manager, OxLEP.