I first started at 3BM over a year ago on September 23rd 2013. In that short amount of time I have learnt so many new things and gained so much experience. 3BM have enabled me to attend Word and Excel courses to help me improve my skills. I have also been able to do SIMS core and personnel training which has then enabled me to work in a different department and even visiting some schools we support to input data.
All of this has helped me build my confidence. As well as SIMS I have also had the opportunity to work in the 3BM Finance Team which has given me experience in invoicing and payments.
I have been able to work alongside the Managing Director which has taught me lots of new things about businesses and working. My Manager is Head of Marketing and therefore I have learnt new things about that and have been able to help on some projects and exhibitions. All of this has enabled me to learn new things every day.
The Apprenticeship Programme
When I first started in September 2013, I was originally doing an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration, but with the help and encouragement of my Line Manager, I progressed to a Level 3 Diploma, which I passed in January 2015. All of the experience working here has helped me with the coursework and units such as minute taking, ordering and organising business travel.
I came to 3BM via the Apprenticeship scheme at Middleton Murray and am very happy that in December 2014, I was awarded Apprentice of the Month.
Overall I believe an apprenticeship programme was the best option for me. It has been a learning curve and I have learnt so many new things here. My confidence and experience have all improved since working here. I have been very lucky to start my career in an environment which has allowed me to explore all working teams and to work closely with my manager who has helped and supported the journey through the apprenticeship programme. I definitely don’t think I would have been able to learn this much had I not been working for 3BM.
Following the success of my apprenticeship, I am now a full time, permanent Partner within 3BM.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, highlighted our progress at the Robert Oakeshotte Memorial lecture last week. He talked about a number of successful mutual’s that had set up over the last year.
“Spinouts are winning new business – and winning new business fast. …3BM in London increased their business by over 25% in their first year as a mutual”.
The Head of the Civil Service, Department for Communities and Local Government, Sir Bob Kerslake, visited 3BM as part of his research into the Government’s Mutuals Programme. He concluded: “Perhaps the key benefit of the mutual model is that it enables entrepreneurial public sector staff to combine their passion for public service with more scope to improve delivery. It was fascinating to learn more about the Programme first-hand from the people who work on the front-line – four days later and I still feel buoyed by their optimism.”
Patrick Lewis, Director of Partnership Services for John Lewis, has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chair of Trustees for 3BM, the first mutual joint venture to spin out of local Government, which provides a range of services to schools and strategic services to Local Authorities.
3BM, officially launched in April this year at Hammersmith Town Hall by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, was created by staff from three London boroughs, Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and City of Westminster. All 3BM employees are shareholders, along with Prospects, the education, employment and training company. Prospects, which has been employee owned since 2011 and is one of the largest public service mutual companies, was chosen in a competitive dialogue process.
A new wave of entrepreneurial enthusiasm was unleashed at Hammersmith Town Hall today.
Ray Auvray, Executive Chairman of Prospects said:
“As an organisation which has its roots in the public sector but has moved into the private sector to become a profitable, leading company in education, employment and training, we have a natural synergy with 3BM. We are delighted to support 3BM in this new chapter as a commercial enterprise. The team have a fantastic wealth of experience and great ideas to drive the business forward. We look forward to working alongside them to create a successful business. Prospects is a mutual so we know the benefits of this business model and are keen to share it with other organisations in both the public and private sector.”
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