Testimonials from our Employers
Some great feedback from companies who have engaged with Riverside Training.
Chiara Gorgoni Gufoni – Refinitiv
“It has been a pleasure and privilege to mentor Zubaid during his apprenticeship programme with Refinitiv. To be able to offer the opportunity for a career platform through the apprenticeship programme is not only inspirational for Zubaid but it allows him to serve by example and allow other young talents to shine.
“I have been impressed by Zubaid’s attitude and hard work and the positive stance at all times. It has been an absolute privilege that I wish the company would continue to support. Zubaid is in the process of being offered a permanent contract and that is testament to the programme and to Zubaid.
Emily Manning – Talent Co-ordinator – NHS Professionals
‘NHSP has partnered with Riverside to deliver a range of apprenticeships for colleagues across the UK. Our Key Account Manager, Louise, has always been a reliable, professional and friendly source of support and information for myself in NHSP’s Talent Management & Development Team, as well as for our learners. Louise never fails to have a smile on her face as she consistently provides a helping hand to resolve any queries, always being sure to give a prompt and well-informed solution’. Continued below….
John Fairclough – Group HR Manager – Nasstar
‘Riverside have enabled us to begin our long-term process of developing and implementing a training and development strategy focused on our future capacity and effectiveness. Employees have recognised and appreciated the quality of training interventions which has help us to build confidence for the future.
Riverside have helped us to navigate the plethora of different training programmes and development interventions so we can build, tailor and customise programmes best suited to our business needs and strengthen our developing organisational culture. Employees now recognise the commitment to training and development which in turn has had a positive impact on staff retention.’
Teacher reviews, Webheath Academy Primary School
Our PE Apprentice J regularly set up athletics and games activities for our PE sessions, suggesting suitable equipment and appropriate activities to support the children’s development. I have appreciated his organisation; he is ready on time thereby maximising learning time. He was invaluable at swimming lessons helping pupils who were very nervous about being in the water.
He has developed good relationships with the children and begun to use behaviour management techniques to ensure the sessions are productive. His contribution to sports day was brilliant – the sessions flowed well and he organised the transitions effectively to ensure the children remained engaged.
We have really enjoyed having J work with us this year and thank him for his contribution.
Emily Manning – NHS Professionals
…..’I feel completely reassured that should support ever be required, Louise will follow this through to ensure that it is received in the most appropriate way, whether that’s through discussions with potential learners and their line managers, or by seeking further insight and guidance from course tutors who are subject experts. It is clear that Louise and her colleagues at Riverside always put the learner at the heart of all they do – I feel confident that I can trust them to give me the appropriate information so that the optimum level of support can be provided to learners, setting them up for long-term success and development. The support they also provide to learners is excellent, holding frequent meetings and helping them feel prepared and confident for their EPA through mock assessments.
Thank you to Louise and everyone at Riverside – it is an absolute pleasure to work with you!’
Olivia Wiliams, Teacher, Whitchurch Primary School
‘We have been amazed by the PE Apprentice Scheme run by Stride Active and Riverside Training. Our learner E has been an asset to the school. She works closely with our PE teachers and me (her mentor). She is willing to listen to advice whilst being proactive. She is now running a breakfast and after school club for some of our vulnerable children. This was all her own idea – she has created a poster to get children involved and planned all of the sessions. She has engaging and innovative ideas which the children love. Her rapport with the kids is fantastic – they understand she is there to create fun with them but they have the utmost respect for her because of her great behaviour management. She has passion and a secure knowledge of sport and physical activity – she is able to adapt in all situations. She is an incredibly hard-working member of our team and I have had so many positive comments from other members of staff.’
Janine Liddle – Contact Centre Manager – Cotswold Motor Group
“We initially started our apprentice scheme with Riverside Training at one of our Dealerships, and were so impressed with the quality of the applicants and the level of support provided by their training team, that we had rolled the programme out across our other Dealerships. The young apprentices who have completed the programme have all secured permanent positions, and the programme now forms an important part of our recruitment strategy.”
Dr Fiona Price – Wye Valley NHS Trust
‘Riverside Training is one of our training providers for functional skills and for apprenticeships. Their assessors work closely with our staff to provide flexible training tailored to the needs of each individual, and to develop their careers within the NHS. The Business Support team at Riverside communicate with us frequently, so we are aware of apprentices’ progress and attainment. Thank you to the whole team!’
Lisa Midgley – Close Brothers – Banking Division
“One of the reasons we went into partnership with Riverside Training was their ability to understand our business at pace and work with us to offer the right apprenticeships for our employees, and not to push individuals onto a programme to gain more numbers. Career development is very important for us here in Close Brothers Premium Finance, and the high standard of service that we get from Riverside and the attention to detail makes a huge difference for our employees’ experience.”
Daniel Francis, Teacher, Barrs Court School
‘I just wanted to email you to say how delighted we are with Holly’s progress within her new role. Her attitude, work ethic, initiative are fantastic and have come along so quickly since starting.’
Emma Hansan – Learning & Development Officer – Connexus Group
“Riverside Training gives excellent value for money and provides monthly reports on colleagues’ progress, which enables managers, learning & development and human resources to keep track of colleagues’ progress. The Assessors arrive on time and complete their assessing in the allotted time.”