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How Can an Apprenticeship Work For Me?

16 January 2019 by UKFast

An apprenticeship can be incredibly rewarding for apprentices and business owners alike. For young people it can be the first step towards an amazing career. For business owners, employing an apprentice brings brand-new energy and potential to the team and the whole business.

On Wednesday 6th March , we’re holding our How can an apprenticeship work for me? webinar. For this episode we’re bringing together business owners, apprentices and teachers to discuss why an apprenticeship may be right for you.

So, to give us a feel for what to expect from the discussion, we asked one of our fantastic guest speakers a few questions about apprenticeships. Here’s what school teacher turned UKFast director Arlene Bulfin told the UKFast Blog.

Cloud Uk Live Manchester Arlene BulfinArlene, please tell us a bit about yourself.

“I’m Arlene Bulfin and I’m a teacher and Director of People Development here at UKFast.

“A big part of my role involves supporting and developing our UKFast apprentices. We have apprentices all over the business, from front of house to events to the tech teams, so it’s really important they’re getting all the support they need. My role gives me the opportunity to work with young people every day, not only within UKFast but in the wider Manchester area. It inspires me to be able to work with so many amazing individuals. It keeps me young!”

Why are apprenticeships important for young people?

“Apprenticeships give people the opportunity to learn while they earn. They’re gaining industry experience alongside completing valuable and relevant qualifications. As well as developing technical skills, they’re able to develop life skills that set them in good stead for the future. The ability to communicate effectively, collaborate with different teams in a business and work with people in your own team are just as important as role-specific skills.

“I’ve also seen how much our apprentices grow in terms of confidence. It’s fantastic to see. Some of our former apprentices are running their own teams now and it really shows the potential of what you can achieve with a great apprenticeship scheme.”

Why are apprenticeships important for businesses?

“From my personal experience, apprentices bring fresh energy and perspective to a team. They help to drive the business forward with new ideas and they grow into valuable members of the workforce if you give them the opportunity to learn and develop. With the right support, apprentices add huge value to a business and  very quickly. It’s also a chance for business owners to give back to the young people in their local communities. It’s a win-win.”

Lastly, why should we tune into this webinar?

“Getting involved with apprenticeships is a big decision to make, and as with all big decisions doing your homework is key! That’s why we’re addressing the advantages and the key points to consider so that viewers have all the information they need to make a really informed decision.

“We’re bringing together business owners who’ve found success with apprenticeships, as well as former apprentices to hear their first-hand experiences. It’s going to be a really exciting discussion!”

Is an apprenticeship the right path for you? Discover all there is to know about apprenticeships in our UKFast Webinar!

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