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Case Study

Host Employer Case Study - GASP

GASP based in Bristol, are a company that deal with general health promotion and develop and sell a range of resources aimed at supporting healthcare and education professionals.
David Grundey, Warehouse Manager at Gasp has worked with the South West Apprenticeship Company (SWAC) since 2011. They have so far hosted 3 apprentices employed by SWAC and are advocates of the Apprenticeship model.
“SWAC have been able to deal with the administration of the scheme as well as selection of possible candidates prior to interview.  Without this support, as a small business I doubt we would have had the time needed to dedicate to the admin/recruitment side of things”
Their current apprentice Ross is a real asset to the business and Gasp will be employing Ross directly at the end of his Apprenticeship. Ross is studying towards a Warehousing & Storage Level 2 Apprenticeship. Ross is responsible for making models and helping with picking/packing and dispatch of products:
“Ross has been a reliable, highly capable and enthusiastic apprentice.   GASP will gain a   valuable team member to the warehouse team when he joins permanently”
The SWAC service offers a number of advantages to Gasp, including help from an Employer Account Manager: 
“SWAC and the assessors from City of Bristol College have been visiting on a regular basis and have been working closely together with Ross, myself as well as our company director”

Apprentices are an investment for the future and David is keen to recommend Apprenticeships and SWAC to other employers. 
“With the right apprentice, it’s a great way of finding and training a new member of staff – with fewer costs & risks of going down other routes!”
The South West Apprenticeship Company (SWAC) offers businesses a way of taking on an apprentice without the risk. Apprentices are employed through SWAC and placed with ‘Host Organisations’. 
For more information about how Apprenticeships can benefit your business call 0800 334 5767