So, we did it! The Pompey Apprenticeships team, which is full of amazing volunteers ranging from experienced professionals to Apprenticeship Ambassadors, pulled it off!
On Wednesday the 7th March, to mark National Apprenticeship Week, we took to the road to promote Apprenticeships, celebrate Apprentices and to hopefully convince even more employers about the importance of engaging with Apprenticeship intake to grow their teams.
We visited two secondary schools, Charter Academy and King Richards School. Groups of 15 were welcomed on to the bus to take part in an Apprenticeship quiz, lead by Christina Gill from Portsmouth City Council. They also got to hear real life stories from former Apprentices. We had 3 representatives from The Royal Navy on board who gave great insights into their journeys as apprentices. Kirsty Scott, who completed her apprenticeship at Portsmouth City Council also gave up a day’s holiday to join us and share her story. Paul Goldthorpe from the University of Portsmouth’s Degree Apprenticeships team also explained how the world of Apprenticeships has recently changed and you can work your way up to degree level whilst earning money, forging a career and minus a lot of the debt.
At Biscoes we were met by Simon Attrill from HTP, who has 3 young women currently completing apprenticeships with the Law firm. Alison Lees, Director at Biscoes explained that they plan to take on more apprentices, watch out for her short video interview in the coming days.
Joining us at Lakeside were apprentices from IBM, 20-year-old Gleb explained how he had been to college for one year before joining IBM as an intern and then being offered an Apprenticeship in Software Testing. He plans to go on to forge a career in Information Security.
We were also joined by the inspirational Fabiha Hussain, who at just 18 years old has already completed a level 3 apprenticeship in Retail Hospitality Supervision and is currently completing a Level 3 in Business Admin direct with Lakeside. She is full of passion and has already been seen across the city supporting and promoting apprenticeships.
Lindsey from EBP South came on to the bus with Kayleigh Hickey, she joined EBP South 5 years and has completed her apprenticeship in Business Admin. As a former Apprentice she felt that the process enabled her to develop her confidence and career at the same time.
Apollo Motor Group, where do I start?! Their team of 4 apprentices are aged between 17 and 18 years old and have the team spirit and comradery felt with university students. We are in it together type mentality. Apollo Motor Group are running an open day on May 12th as they begin their journey of ramping up their Apprenticeship recruitment towards the opening of a new Academy. One to watch in Portsmouth and an absolute pleasure to meet them all.
It was only right that we then visited the Stagecoach South depot in Farlington to meet two Mechanical Apprentices, Ciaran and Owen, both completing a 4-year apprenticeship course, under the watchful eye of Tony. Stagecoach donated our bus and driver for the day and we cannot thank them enough for their support. Steve Thorpe, Stacey Churton and Colin Ashcroft supported us on the day and helped ensure everything ran smoothly. What an amazing team they are!
We finished the day at Gunwharf Quays where we were joined by the ever-amazing Miles Henson and Jon Brown from express FM, we went live on air with Darren Gamblen to tell him all about the day. Apprentices from BAE, Land Rover BAR, Gunwharf Quays, Pompey in the Community and Smart Training and Recruitment all joined us to round up the day with pictures, cupcakes and lots of smiles.
This City never ceases to amaze me, once again we have pulled together to make something magical happen and from all of us at Shaping Portsmouth and the Pompey Apprenticeships team – THANK YOU!! We hope to have your support next year – watch this space for an open top double decker bus during the Summer!