Apprentice recruiter is 500th to sign up to industry scheme

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has hit a major milestone in its history, with its 500th student embarking on an apprenticeship.

Apprentice Rebekah Mayes is working towards her recruitment qualification through the REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals, the 500th recruit since the programme launched in 2013.

She is undertaking her training with People 1st while working at Northern Ireland-based recruitment firm Miller Group.


Firm foundations

She said: “To anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship in recruitment I say go for it. It’s an excellent way to build the foundations for a varied and rewarding career.

“I learn more about recruitment every day from working in the office and I’ve been supported by a fantastic team at Miller Group.”

REC chief executive, Kevin Green, added: “Recruitment is growing rapidly and as an industry we need to focus on attracting more young people to our fantastic profession.

“We’ve reached a great milestone with our 500th apprentice, but now we need to bring in even greater numbers. The REC will do our part, but we want every one of our corporate members to take responsibility and provide more opportunities to young people.

Let’s be more vocal about the benefits on offer with a career in recruitment. If young people are prepared to work hard they can have a rewarding career helping to transform lives.”