"Our aim is to develop the self belief, life skills, business skills and employability of unemployed young people through the provision of teaching the theory of business with the aim of getting young people into work or further education.
Apprentice Supermarket gives young people a chance to get into work and build a good life for themselves. It works at the hardest end of the jobs market, for young people who have missed out at school, or college, or who dropped out of work. The success of the organisation is down to Andrew's approach: dealing with the individual needs and aspirations of each apprentice, valuing and respecting them, and also talking to them in direct language about the barriers that have kept them out of work. Apprentices learn the skills they need to become employable and keep a job.
This is a tough mission, and one in which I have been closely involved, especially during my time as a government minister responsible for social exclusion. It is for this reason that I am very pleased to be a patron of Apprentice Supermarket to support the work of ensuring that those young people who miss out on opportunities of our growing economy get a second chance.
“After Andrew Kunman wrote to me with his vision to help the so-called “Lost Generation” of young people struggling to find a job I invited Andrew to the Houses of Parliament in January 2011 and we discussed the way forward for his plans.
I was delighted when in October 2011 Andrew launched his first office. I had great pleasure in opening this and was pleased to see this enterprise set up in my constituency of Northampton North.
Six months on, I visited the apprenticesupermarket.com offices and was delighted and impressed to see the change in young people who had previously lost their way and had little hope or vision for their future. Their personal confidence, self-esteem and attitude to work had grown enormously whilst on this “Work Experience Boot Camp”.
It was a real pleasure for me to present to the successful young hopefuls their completion certificates and to offer my sincere best wishes to them on the exciting first stage of their careers. It was an inspiring moment and I was pleased to be part of those initial talks and to see a concept become a reality.
Well done to Andrew and his team and I wish them continued success.”
Keep up the good work as apprentices are so vital to the growth of our developing talent.
Wish you well in everything you are doing in the Northampton area.
All the best"
It was a pleasure speaking with you today and to learn about your vision for supporting disengaged young people and adults. Good luck with your work, we need more organisations who focus on the success of individual learners who experience obstacles to their own self-fulfilment.
Matt Garvey BSc(Hons), MCIM, FInstSMM
West Berkshire Training Consortium
As Chief Executive and founder of the Hope Project I am always cautious as regards which individuals or companies we become associated with as our reputation can suffer through their failure to deliver a quality service on time.
Apprenticeship Supermarket has achieved exceptional results in terms of the numbers of people placed into work experience, apprenticeships or advanced to further education. The results are very challenging when you compare the similarly very low achievement of the Job Centre sponsored programs.
Andrew has proven to be a man of integrity, true to his word and unceasing in his efforts to provide opportunities for people attending Apprenticeship Supermarket courses even at the expense of his own finances. I am therefore happy to recommend Andrew and his company to ENFG without hesitation and I hope your partnership proves as fruitful and beneficial to ENFG as it is for the Hope Project to this day.
I was so impressed by the whole project that our recruitment company Logistics Job Shop recruited an apprentice to support our current business growth, whilst also sponsoring Apprentice Supermarket as the lead recruitment partner to provide further support to the Apprentice Supermarket project.”
The Apprentices are keen and enthusiastic, polite and well trained by the staff at Apprentice Supermarket. They are all a credit to each other….and having worked with them on one project I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up the phone again for their services….and I have been happy to recommend them to other businesses.
Miller Sports have been working with Apprentice Supermarket for around 6 months and in that time they have successfully completed a number of telemarketing projects for us. Josh and Michael have been very flexible and adapted to the many different tasks we set them, whether that was cleaning up old databases or discussing sponsorship budgets with high level decision makers. Each task has been taken on enthusiastically and the desired outcomes achieved, I have no hesitation in recommending their work.
Engaging with Apprentice Supermarket has enabled us to take our service proposition to a wide and targeted audience and secure valuable new business leads.
This is an innovative and encouragingly successful short programme which is helping young people unable to get their foot on the ladder to sustainable employment to take their place in the world of work as a financially independent worker. Young people who have found it impossible or difficult to find a job should give the programme serious consideration. Similarly, local employers can make a significant impact on both helping unemployed young people, and indeed developing potentially new recruits to their business, by making what is a modest investment in this initiative. I am confident that the early success can be replicated and built upon for the benefit of employers and jobseekers alike. I wish the programme well.
Having researched all of the very positive work that Andrew and Jo are undertaking with the apprentices at Apprenticeship Supermarket, I decided to meet with Andrew to understand the process and benefits to the apprentices in more detail. Within the first 5 minutes of meeting both Andrew and Jo I was immediately impressed with their attitude, passion and commitment in making a difference to the apprentices sharing knowledge of their past experiences from the business world to provide a robust training and development programme to the apprentices / our younger lost generation.
Having met the apprentices for the first time, I was equally impressed with their change in attitude nurtured by Andrew and Jo as part of an intensive 4 week job market preparation boot camp.
I was so impressed by the whole project that our recruitment company Logistics Job Shop recruited an apprentice to support our current business growth, whilst also sponsoring Apprentice Supermarket as the lead recruitment partner to provide further support to the Apprentice Supermarket project.