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.

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

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

Ferndown Apprenticeship Campaign

Today Superior apprentice Adam Cook represented the network at Ferndown Upper School.  Adam presented his experience of a manufacturing apprenticeship to students and parents attending the event. The event also saw the launch of the new Ferndown Apprenticeship Club.

Careers Convention

Today ambassadors attended a careers convention at Corfe Hills School; it was an extremely well attended event.  Superior demonstrated their robotics programme which was very popular amongst the attendees.  

Post 16 Conference For Head Teachers

Today ambassadors from Sunseeker, Superior and Cobham presented to Head Teachers from various Dorset Schools at Kingston Maurward College.  The event was highly productive and was based around the importance of teaching STEM subjects in schools.

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.  

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!!

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