Dorset Young Enterprise Launch Take 2

Following the success of Apprentices Mean Business representation at the first launch of a Dorset Young Enterprise event we were invited back again!  On the 14th and 20th January Apprentices Mean Business Ambassadors spoke again sharing their experiences as Apprentices.  Ashlie Kitching and Jake McKenna from JP Morgan spoke to local students about why it’s so great to be an apprentice.  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.

Biggest Careers Convention Yet!

Today Superior Seals supported at a careers convention at Bournemouth School; the event and programme encompassed various careers topics and general employability advice.  Ashleigh Baker presented to students on what it’s like “Being a Superior Apprentice”.  Feedback from students and parents was extremely positive.  

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.

But first, let me take a #selfie

We know you apprentices are proud of your jobs and where you work. Why not show everyone by sending your #apprenticeships #getingofar selfie to apprenticeselfie@enginegroup.com. We’ll pin it here on our map. Tell us your full name, age, apprentice level, company you work for, job title and why you love where you work. Not an apprentice already? Go to http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to see the opportunities available! What are you waiting for? Get in, go far. http://www.pinterest.com/Apprenticemap/apprenticeships-map/  

Careers Fair

Today Superior Seals supported a careers convention at Queen Elizabeth School.  Students and parents were able to get a real insight into what engineering is all about, the feedback from those that attended was amazing!

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.            

Careers Convention

Today Superior Seals supported a careers convention at the Glenmoor and Winton Academies.  The event was very well attended by students and parents with lots of interest being shown in apprenticeships, particularly in the engineering sector.  Extremely positive feedback with many prospective apprenticeship candidates!  Bring on next years intake!!  

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!!

Making Education Work

Today local sixth form heads came together at The Arts University Bournemouth for a “Post-16 Conference” Making Education Work to gain awareness of all the different options. Ben Clarke who heads up “Apprentices Mean Business” took us on his journey from leaving school at sixteen to getting an apprenticeship, developing as a person and securing a senior management position. Ben’s presentation gave all the sixth form heads an insight into the true meaning of an apprenticeship and how big the opportunities are for young people.

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.      

Promoting Apprenticeships at Ferndown Upper School

Today Superior Seals apprentice Jamie Arnold represented the network at Ferndown Upper School.  Jamie was promoting engineering apprenticeships as great career route and shared the opportunities available at Superior.  Students and teachers were curious to ask questions about the life of an apprentice.

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.

Parkstone Grammar – Futures Day

Today four ambassadors presented their apprenticeship experiences to students of Parkstone Grammar School, Poole. Matt Collom and Ashlie Kitching from JP Morgan and Joe Key and Ben Lane from Ultra Electronics gave students a different view to think about. This was an important event to highlight alternative career paths for sixth form students demonstrating that it is possible to gain degree level qualifications through an apprenticeship, with the added benefit of real life working experience and getting paid!            

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

Progression Day at Bournemouth University

Today two Ambassadors presented their higher apprenticeship experience to a hundred year twelve students of Bourne Academy at Bournemouth University.  In what was a challenging session, Ben Lane from Ultra Electronics and Susanna Perkins from Superior Seals demonstrated the possibilities of what young people can go on to achieve; a very useful session for the young people who attended.

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                            

Middle School Awareness – Robot Wars!!

Today Superior Seals invited fourteen students from West Moors Middle School into the company to meet their apprenticeship ambassadors.  The event proved to be a highly successful event with the students spending some time learning about polymer science before embarking on a CNC machining and robotics project.  The objective of the robotics was that the students would see a trophy being manufactured on the CNC lathes and milling machines before competing for the trophy in a robotics challenge.  The challenge involved the students programming their robot to complete a series of challenges in… Read More

National Apprenticeship Week 2014 #NAW2014

Today employers, colleges and training providers from around Dorset came together at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) for “The Skills Show Experience”. With over one thousand students coming through the doors it was a great opportunity to try a range of activities including robotics, construction, cooking and web design! We had great local support from Apprentices Mean Business, with Bournemouth and Poole College, JP Morgan, Sunseeker, Superior Seals and Ultra Electronics all attending. A great day promoting apprenticeships. #NAW2014

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

The Warde Apprenticeship Award is Open for Entry

Dorset Chamber are delighted to once again be inviting entries for the 2014 Warde Apprenticeship Award which seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an Apprentice’s exceptional contribution to his or her workplace. Entries are open until 5.00pm on Friday 24th January, with judging taking place on Thursday 30th January. The winner will be announced on the 4th February with the Award being presented at the DCCI Annual Presidents Lunch at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel on Friday 14th February. To download an application form click here or for more information please contact Rod… Read More

Careers Evening

Today the network represented at a careers evening at Bournemouth Collegiate School, the event was well attended and pupils found it very useful.  

Alternative Options to University

Today, Ambassador Susanna Perkins from Superior Seals presented to A-Level students at Corfe Hills School; speaking about her apprenticeship experience as an alternative to university. Tom Holdich from the National Apprenticeship Service said: “Your input to the session was fantastic and really contextualised Apprenticeships and how they work to the students.”

First Careers Convention!

Today four first year apprentices from Superior Seals were thrown in the deep end at a busy careers convention at Glenmoor School.  Having only just started their apprenticeship they were able to explain to parents and students why they chose an apprenticeship and how it’s been so far.  It was a great turn out with lots of interest in apprenticeships!  Go Apprentices Mean Business!!

Post 16 Education at Avonbourne College

Today two Ambassadors, Joe Mannings from Sunseeker, and Susanna Perkins from Superior Seals attended an event on post-16 education at Avonbourne College.  The aim was to give Year 11 students information on the different career routes available.  Katie Quinn, Careers Advisor at Avonbourne College said: “The students found the session extremely helpful to hear first-hand from young role models about their jobs/study, career paths and why they chosen this option.”

Supporting Manufacturing

Today, Ambassador Ben Wigley from Superior Seals presented at the “Supporting Manufacturing” event at Bournemouth University. The event was well attended with senior figures from local industry, NAS (National Apprenticeship Service) and the LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership). Ben spoke about his particular Apprenticeship journey to date and how he has benefited from it; his presentation was very well received amid favourable comments from all in attendance.

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

Grow Your Own Talent

Today “Apprentices Mean Business” was presented to local employers demonstrating the importance of “growing your own talent”. It was a clear message, if we don’t start transferring knowledge and experience into the next generation we will face a major skills gap in the UK.  The apprenticeship model allows young people to be developed, businesses need to nurture this talent and provide opportunities for them to grow and remain loyal.  An apprentice with the right development can be transformed into a future business leader. Apprentices Mean Better Businesses

“Apprentices Mean Business” Introduced to Parliament

Today the Dorset Ambassador Network “Apprentices Mean Business” was introduced to Gordon Birtwistle MP at Portcullis House. Gordon Birtwistle MP was appointed as an Apprenticeship Ambassador during National Apprenticeship Week 2013, to engage with employers of all sizes advocating the benefits of high quality apprenticeships.  His findings will be relayed to the Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help improve policy making. He was very impressed with this initiative in Dorset and said: “We need these Ambassador Networks in every county!” Gordon Birtwistle MP is fully behind this initiative and… Read More