Did You Know!
If your phone is GAP & repeater compatible you can add a signal booster to extend the operating range.
A repeater sits on the edge of your phone bases main signal coverage and gives you another circle of coverage. Up to 4 repeaters can be added, all of which must sit within the original footprint of the base. Only power is required and they can be wall mounted for minimal intrusion.
DST have several repeaters available and specific application advice is our pleasure
New addition to the DST Team!
As the company is always expanding, we thought it was about time we had an extra hand around the office to deal with some of the ecommerce issues that; with all the orders and finance to deal with, no-one really has time for.
Our new member, James Smith is 20 years of age and lives near Arrowe Park on the Wirral. He started his education at Thingwall Primary School but it was when he attended Woodchurch High School that he really blossomed, achieving a good standard of GCSE's and excelling in school sport. After high school James then attended Birkenhead Sixth Form; after deciding that university wasn’t for him he focussed his attention on gaining a position in a work based learning environment which has led him to joining DST as an ecommerce assistant whilst attending college in Liverpool Knowsley College to further his knowledge of ICT.
James has joined us at apprentice level. This means that he will be working part-time while studying in college at the same time. Here are some of the points we looked at before deciding to appoint James, and the reasons why we think an apprentice is a good idea for our company.
An apprentice can be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff who already have training and/or qualifications. An employee who has been through education or training already; such as university; will require a higher salary whilst still not necessarily being able to complete the full job specification from day one and so require additional training. With an apprentice they are learning at the same time as working and only do part-time work placement; this means you can pay them as little as £2.60 an hour until they have finished education or training (although we prefer to pay a little bit more!)
Another great reason for taking on an apprentice is that you can tailor make their training to fill current gaps in your workforce to help develop skills for the future. For example if your company would benefit from an employee who had skills based on ICT hardware, you can put your apprentice through a course so that they can be the one you turn to when something goes wrong! This is also more cost effective than training full time staff as you only have to pay them the base rate whilst training and their work balance is based around having time off to study so there is no distruption in the work place.
An apprentice is often eager to learn and work hard for your company. This is because they have made the choice to go into this career and subject area and therefore the majority of the time enjoy doing what they do.
DST see the apprentice scheme as an opportunity to develop a custom built workforce for the future whilst offering support and invaluable work experience.
Here is what some business leaders from a range of industries think:-
To finish off I am going to leave you with some statistics based on what employers think of apprenticeships:
- 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive;
- 76% say that Apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity;
- 80% feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover;
- 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future;
- Two-thirds of respondents believe that their Apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly, whilst
- 88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce;
- 59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59% believing that Apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs and 53% feeling that they reduce recruitment costs;
- In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while a further third (33%) report that apprentices add value within their first few weeks (or even from Day One);
- 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company;
- Over three-quarters of respondents expect apprenticeships to play a bigger part in their recruitment policy in the future.