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SOURCING
NEW TALENT.

Pendragon PLC is investing in new talent with apprenticeships.

We have invested in our apprentices and know this will pay off in the long run. The programme is shaping the future leaders of our company who will possess a strong base in true professional management.

Charlotte Potter
Talent Specialist, Pendragon PLC

SOURCING
NEW TALENT

Pendragon PLC, one of the largest operators of franchised car dealerships in the UK, offers a range of apprenticeships covering business admin, customer services, sales and vehicle repair.

In April 2016 Pendragon began to offer the new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) and took on six students. Charlotte Potter, who looks after the talent programme and led the charge on implementing CMDA across Pendragon, said: “We chose the CMDA as it gave us an opportunity to recruit a pipeline of new talent to support and develop into future leaders.”

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BUSINESS
STRATEGY

Looking for opportunities to recruit new talent pipelines and develop existing talent to a high level is part of Pendragon’s business strategy, “so the CMDA felt like a perfect fit,” says Charlotte.

“We are also accrediting our internal development programmes through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and so the CMDA fits with our current leadership development model. The CMDA gives a great opportunity for Higher Apprentices to get a degree level qualification whilst gaining invaluable work experience and securing chartered status.”

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INVESTING
IN APPRENTICESHIPS

Ahead of the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force in April 2017, Pendragon is reviewing workforce plans to ensure that apprenticeships are put to best use within the business.

Charlotte is looking at opportunities to create new standards and considering how apprenticeships can also help develop existing team members and leaders: “We have invested in our apprentices and know this will pay off in the long run. The programme is shaping the future leaders of our company who will possess a strong base in true professional management.”

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PLANNING FOR
THE FUTURE

As Pendragon PLC retain their position as the UK’s leading automative retailer and begin to emerge as the number one internet motor retailer, they are planning for the future.

People are at the heart of the business at Pendragon and investing in their current and future teams is an essential part of their business development. In light of this, Charlotte comments: “We are planning to recruit another group of Higher Apprentices on the CMDA later on in the year and are looking at how they will best fit within our existing leadership population.”

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