Bournemouth and Poole College Careers Event

Bournemouth and Poole College has been a fantastic training provider for many apprentices in the area. It was great to see so many apprenticeship providers supporting BPC at the careers event last night.

Careers at Queen Elizabeth School

It was fantastic to see so many Apprentice Mean Business Sponsors and Ambassadors at the QE School careers event. Looking forward to seeing the next intake of apprentices in 2017!

Ellie Fermor

Bournemouth & Poole College

Charlotte Coleman

Bournemouth & Poole College

Dorset Young Enterprise Launch

On the 4th and 5th of November Apprentices Mean Business ambassadors represented the network at two launch events for the Dorset Young Enterprise.  Ellie Fermor from Bournemouth and Poole College and Jamie Arnold from Superior Seals spoke about their experiences as apprentices to a group of thirty students from local schools.  The Young Enterprise scheme focusses on teaching students true business skills and they’ll be mentored by local business men and women over nine training sessions.

Post 18 “I’m Hired Day”

Today two ambassadors, Charlotte Coleman from Bournemouth and Poole College and Susanna Perkins from Superior Seals spoke at “I’m Hired Day” an event at Corfe Hills School.  The day was to help students in Year 13 with alternative options to university. The ambassadors were talking about their apprenticeship experiences, a normal day and the qualifications being gained. The students seemed interested about apprenticeships and asked some insightful questions after some encouragement.            

Q and A at Avonbourne College!

Today two ambassadors took apprenticeship questions from year eleven students at Avonbourne College.  Ellie Fermor from Bournemouth and Poole College and Matt Collom from JP Morgan helped uncover all the myths by joining a school lesson all about “Post 16 Options”.  Having direct access to real apprentices with real experiences, the students could really understand what an apprenticeship is all about.              

Chemistry at Work

Today Susanna Perkins apprentice ambassador from Superior Seals presented “Chemistry at Work” at Bournemouth and Poole College.  She presented to groups of year eight students from various schools around the area.  The session presented by Susanna was about polymer science but there was a wide variety of sessions from making ice-cream to bath bombs.  The feedback from students and teachers has been really positive, the event was a big success!!

The Second Big Bang!

Today Superior Seals attended the second Big Bang event hosted by Bournemouth and Poole College (STEM Centre).  The event encouraged employers to promote science, technology, engineering and maths to school children in short ‘hands on’ sessions.  Superior Seals took Lego Mindstorm Robots, this allowed the children to learn basic programming and expand their thinking; all the children successfully completed a “mini” course and won a trophy!  The event was very popular and hopefully inspired some young engineers of the future.      

Women in Engineering

Today two Ambassadors, Susanna Perkins and Ashleigh Baker from Superior Seals attended the women in engineering conference at Bournemouth and Poole College.  The afternoon was very successful in highlighting the importance of engineering in today’s society and the need to encourage young women into technical based careers.  The attendees comprised of local female teachers, STEM ambassadors and business representatives; all who attended were extremely enthusiastic and keen to support future women in engineering. Whilst at the conference Susanna and Ashleigh discussed their apprenticeship scheme and what benefits and opportunities it’s offered them.

Investing in Dorset

Today businesses across Dorset joined together at Kingston Maurwood College, the aim, to work together for the mutual benefit of employers, the next generation of Dorset workers and the regional economy as a whole. Ben Clarke who heads up the “Apprentices Mean Business” network took us back to the start of his apprenticeship and presented his career progression as a young man and demonstrated what young people can go on to achieve in a very short space of time; “these days young people are enthusiastic, passionate and ambitious; we as employers need… Read More

The Purbeck School – Apprenticeship and Employer Event

Today three Ambassadors visited Purbeck School for their careers open day, it was an intimate event which allowed everyone to get an up-close experience of what it’s like to be an apprentice.  For the ambassadors it was an enjoyable afternoon to share their experiences and knowledge, for me it great interacting with the people who attended. Joe Manning, Sunseeker                            

Apprenticeship Challenge!

Today four Ambassadors presented their apprenticeship experiences to parents and students of Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne; with over three hundred and fifty people attending it was a huge turn out! Charlotte Coleman from Bournemouth and Poole College, Grace Morrison from Scissors, Joe Key from Ultra Electronics and Alex Riley from Superior Seals all took to the stage and explained what it’s like to be an apprentice.  The Head Teacher Mr McLeman commented how encouraging and inspiring it was to hear the young people speak and to such a big audience.  The event… Read More

Grow Your Own

Today four Ambassadors presented their apprenticeship experiences to local employers hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service at Merley House.  Charlotte Coleman from Bournemouth and Poole College, Shaun Simpson from Superior, Greg Coope from Aish Technologies and Ben Judge from Sunseeker took to the floor and demonstrated why apprenticeships are so great; each Ambassador explained a bit about their apprenticeship, how it’s benefited them and their future plans. The employers were extremely impressed with how the Ambassadors spoke and what they had all achieved in such a short time, the message was clear – “how can you not take an apprentice… Read More

The First Big Bang!

Today three Ambassadors attended the Big Bang event hosted by Bournemouth and Poole College (STEM Centre).  Susanna Perkins from Superior, Ben Judge from Sunseeker and Joe Manning also from Sunseeker presented information on Polymer Science at work and a detailed account of their apprenticeship programme. The event was aimed at Year 8 students who have an interest in STEM subjects.  The College thanked the young Ambassadors for their participation in what was a very successful event.

Launch of Apprentices Mean Business

“Apprentices Mean Business” was launched today (National Apprenticeship Week) at the STEM Centre (Bournemouth & Poole College). The Apprentice Ambassador Network “Apprentices Mean Business” was introduced to the “Employers Forum” where local employers and schools attend. Each Apprentice Ambassador spoke briefly about their experiences and demonstrated their enthusiasm and passion for spreading the message about apprenticeships. Our aim was clear: “Increase awareness of apprenticeships and create more career opportunities in Dorset”