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Completing the circle Apprenticeships are the best way to keep the restaurant industry growing and maintain high standards, says Dan Doherty, chef director at Duck & Waffle My apprenticeship started with my mum. I always wanted to be a chef, but didn’t really know what the options were or the best way to go about it. I was working in a little restaurant back home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and I planned to stay there and keep learning and try to

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Apprenticeships transformed my business When his IT and telecoms business hit a period of sudden growth, Anthony Impey recruited local apprentices to create a pool of talent with the skills that the company needed I started Optimity in 2003 to supply IT and telecoms services to businesses and for years we enjoyed steady growth. This all changed three years ago when a client contacted us wanting an ultra-fast broadband installed the following week. This is impossible to do using traditional

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Banging the drum for apprenticeships Small businesses need apprenticeships trained in digital marketing skills to build their online brand, says Penny Power OBE To find myself working within the world of apprenticeships is a real honour. I have enormous respect for the people working in this sector, the parents who see the light and the young people who realise that this is the right path for them. I began working with apprenticeships in 2011. Until then, my world had been

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It’s not a man’s job, it’s your job! Women should not be excluded or deterred from exploring all roles within the construction industry; there are opportunities aplenty and the industry needs you, says Jean Duprez MBE It’s an exciting time for anyone looking at an apprenticeship to take as a first step on the career ladder. So much is happening with regard to Trailblazers, the apprenticeship levy, qualifications and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. It is vital that the right information

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Take the wheel with an apprenticeship Exceptional training and exciting careers available for aspiring apprentices, says the Institute of the Motor Industry CEO Steve Nash Having spent my entire working life in the motor industry, I have long been an advocate and supporter of apprenticeships. I discovered first-hand how much value there is in investing in and growing your own talent when I ran a large and busy BMW operation in London in the mid-1980s. On joining the manufacturer, BMW

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Apprenticeships: a brighter future in hospitality For Thomas Dubaere, managing director of AccorHotels, one of the biggest challenges the hospitality industry faces is that people often aren’t aware of the diverse and exciting career options available to them When it comes to hospitality people typically think of two jobs: front of house or housekeeping. In fact we offer over 100 different job roles – everything from beauty therapist to IT support. We want to educate and inspire people about the

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The key ingredient to making a success Apprenticeships are an ideal option for getting a foot in the door, says Gordon Ramsey Group chef Kim Woodward Everyone has to start somewhere but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle at the bottom rung of the ladder. Make smart choices about where you want to study your craft. Go after those restaurants, chefs and companies that inspire and excite you. The most important thing, though, is to make a start

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First, add self-raising power Apprenticeships boost confidence and forge long-term careers, says Gordon Ramsey Group’s Paul Shearing I started working in kitchens at the age of 14, and five years later was still slugging it out in pubs in Dorset. I was continually told that I shouldn’t waste my time in kitchens and that all this hard work wouldn’t amount to anything, but I was a determined young guy and remained really passionate about cooking. I enrolled at Bournemouth College

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Getting things off the ground This is an opportunity for future leaders to reach their full potential, says Boeing Defence UK CEO David Pitchforth At the age of 16, I joined a small British subsidiary of a large American engineering company as an apprentice. The real inspiration for me was the fact that you could design something on paper (in those days it really was on paper), see it being made and then see it in action; your design would

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Building a better future Apprenticeships provide skills that will last a lifetime, says Redrow’s multi-millionaire founder Steve Morgan Young people are the lifeblood of our industry and apprenticeships are essential to give them the opportunity to build their skills and experience. Construction can offer a varied and dynamic career path, and I was drawn to it from an early age. It’s satisfying to now be able to give other young people the chance to forge a successful career at Redrow

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