Superior at Poole High School

James Rowe and Susanna Perkins of Superior Seals have been presenting at Poole High School. This event was targeted at year 8 students who have to make their GCSE subject choices very soon therefore an important time for them. Susanna and James spoke about their experiences as apprentices at Superior Seals, highlights included the opportunities and responsibilities they have gained. The pair also reinforced that there are many apprentice disciplines now available in multiple fields and at differing levels giving school leavers a huge amount of choice. A brilliant morning engaging with… Read More

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!

Your Future – Your Choice

There was a great turn out for the Your Future – Your Choice event last week. Young people from Bournemouth and Poole were able to ‘drop in’ and seek advice from schools, Universities and employers. Apprenticeships were well represented by Superior Seals, JP Morgan, Ultra Electronics and Bournemouth and Poole Councils. Keep an eye out for the next one!

Everything you ever wanted to know about apprenticeships but were afraid to ask!

On the 17th March Superior Seals hosted a well attended event promoting apprenticeships to potential new apprenticeship providers. The networking breakfast lead to presentations from Aish and Superior outlining their apprenticeship schemes, how they are incorporated throughout the companies and their significant success as a result of taking on apprentices. The question and answer session was followed by a tour of the Superior Academy, demonstrating how the Superior apprentices have contributed to the business. Hopefully we’ll start to see new schemes starting in the near future!

James Rowe

Superior Seals

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Employers Breakfast

Dorset Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast convention on Tuesday 13th October at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth. The event was in order to promote apprenticeships to employers, explaining what they really involve. Presenting were Alan Jenkinson from the National Apprentice Service, A-One Insurance and Jamie Arnold on behalf of Apprentices Mean Business. The event emphasised the employers influence from all aspects of the apprenticeship. Hopefully there will be some freshly inspired companies hiring apprentices in the near future!

Apprentices Mean… Teaching?

Apprentices Jamie Arnold (Superior Seals) and Jacques Reynaud (JP Morgan) went into Avonbourne College to present their route to an apprenticeship. Alongside Bournemouth University representatives, our apprentices explained why they chose their respective apprenticeships, what it was like to apply, and their day-to-day activities to year 10 and 11 students as part of a PSHE lesson. Lots of intresting questions were raised including “Where do I apply?”

Ben Clarke

Superior Seals

Promoting Apprenticeships at Poole Grammar School

James Rowe at Poole Grammar School

James Rowe an Apprentice from Superior Seals presented his ‘life as an apprentice’ at Poole Grammar School’s careers evening on the 9th September. 

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.

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!!  

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.      

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.

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

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

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.

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