Introducing the driving force behind phs apprenticeships

Within phs, you may have started to hear a lot more about our apprenticeship schemes. That’s because more than 150 phs staff are completing, or have completed, an apprenticeship.

Our apprenticeships are designed to help staff become the best they can be; maximising their potential and supporting career progression. And all of this is thanks to Work-Based Learning Lead Julie Harries.


Julie joined phs in October 2019 after working for a training provider, supporting the delivery of apprenticeships to employers. Her role at phs is to promote apprenticeships across the business, speak to employees about the benefits of the scheme and match up apprenticeships with their job role. She also sources training providers and supports learners along the process.

In just over a year, phs’ apprenticeship programme has been transformed. While around 30 were completing an apprenticeship when she first started, today there are 120 with more in the pipeline to start over the next month.

“As a leading hygiene services provider, phs is always keen on driving innovation and change in the industry, focusing on the challenges that matter most to our customers and their customers,” says Julie. “As the learning and development team, we see our role to be at the heart of supporting the ongoing development of employees which in turn helps them to deliver market-leading service to customers.”

Under Julie’s tenure, the number of apprenticeship courses has expanded covering a range of fields across all levels, starting from Level 2 – GCSE level – to a Level 7 – Masters. Topics range from Business Administration, Customer Service, Management, Project Management, Sales Executive, Learning and Development, Data Analytics and Team Leading to Facilities Services Operatives, Textile Care Operatives, Electricians and Gas Engineers.


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