Our very own, Sarah Cripps is gracing the pages of Niche magazine with some top tips for employing a young apprentice.

Niche Magazine April 2020It is so important to us to help young people find a career through apprenticeships. To help make this happen, employers need to fully understand how to support their young apprentice to get the best results for everyone.

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We couldn’t be prouder of our ‘Little Gem’ and that makes this blog very easy to write.  Our ‘Little Gem’ Harriet who has been a treasured Salad Skills apprentice for over two years carried out her first assessment centre just the other day. This is certainly a testament to her confidence, which has grown so much since she joined us.

Our pride overrides our sadness (slightly), as we share that Harriet carried out this first assessment centre for her replacement.  We are sorry to be losing her, as she’s brought so much to the business and has really shown us that apprenticeships work so amazingly well.  She’s embraced learning and in such a short space of time has become an integral part of the Salad Skills team.

Harriet apprentice assessment centre

As her confidence has grown, she’s taken the lead and co-ordinated projects including surveys with candidates, interviews, new vacancy procedures and more.  Most notable and with endless enthusiasm, she has been appointed Head of Christmas each year, which came with a keenness to fill our Salad Skills office with Christmas lights and tinsel.

Harriet really has made us think and look outside the box, which has become infectious to other businesses within the Harborough Innovation Centre too.  As we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week last year here at Salad Skills with an initiative that was Harriet’s idea. Each day we stop for ’10 minutes of fun’.  For example, we invited our customer Octagon Creative Ltd to join us with building LEGO pieces.

Through her learning and personal development, Harriet has decided to follow a career path for midwifery and as this blog began, we echo that we couldn’t be prouder.  We very much look forward to catching up with Harriet to learn of her progression and share our very best wishes for what will be a very bright future.

If you are thinking about doing an apprenticeship, taking on an apprentice or holding an assessment centre day, we’d be delighted to help you. Just drop us a line, all our contact details are here.

We are delighted to be supporting The Laura Centre, as our chosen charity for 2018.


The Laura Centre

The Laura Centre - our chosen charityThe Laura Centre is a professional bereavement service. They specialise in the support of parents whose child has died. Or, to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person in their lives. They have a team of qualified counsellors and trained visiting counsellors. They offer individual and group support as well as offering a wide range of alternative therapies.

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Apprenticeship levy quality assurance is at the core of what we do at Salad Skills, and as a fully independent third party, we give you impartial advice to allow you to get the best from your levy fund.

As we approach the end of the first apprenticeship levy year, Human Resources Director Dave Winkler (pictured below) takes time to reflect on their approach at Imtech Inviron.

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Apprentice Harriet

Our very own apprentice at Salad Skills, Harriet, has detailed her journey in this wonderful post that explores what made her look into doing an apprenticeship, the highs, the lows and how she thinks everyone should be considering apprenticeships for themselves…

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We are so excited to be able to finally reveal that Salad Skills, have been named as one of Market Harborough Districts ‘Pioneer 10’ for 2017-18.

We’ve had to pitch our socks off but all our hard work has paid off. This is a huge accolade for us, as we have been publically acknowledged as a high growth, ambitious business as part of the Harborough District Council, 2017 Business Awards, Pioneer 10 phase.

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Apprenticeship Funding


Businesses could be “giving away” thousands of pounds because of misunderstandings over the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy.

Straw poll research by industry experts Salad Skills exposed gaps in companies’ grasp of the new levy, which comes into force next April.

“This is one of the most significant changes to apprenticeship funding and will affect all businesses with a £3 million plus payroll. It’s essential that businesses know how to get the best out of it,” said Sarah Cripps, Salad Skills director.

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Sa;ld Skills Offices

The Salad Gems are pleased to announce that they will be relocating from Kibworth to the Harborough Innovation Centre, (HIC) Market Harborough on 1st March.

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Hello, I’m Sarah Stocks (aka Baby Gem) and a 15 year old from Robert Smyth Academy.

I just wanted to talk about the fantastic opportunity I have with Salad Skills; an opportunity I found myself. As part of our school education we’re required to do work experience and so I started by doing my own research and ended up finding my perfect work experience placement at Salad Skills in June 2015. Sarah and Jo were delighted by my motivation, independence and the fact that I wanted to work for them rather than expecting a work experience opportunity to find me.

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Sald Gem Kress Luncheon

In January 2015 Salad Skills launched The Kress Business Lunch Club as part of our commitment to developing people and supporting the local community; something that the founding directors Jo and Sarah are passionate about.

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