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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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Using your resources wisely Young people’s fresh ideas are valuable assets to employers, says HR director Yvonne Foster Apprenticeships open doors for young people to take a different route to learning and crafting their future careers. Apprenticeships also provide invaluable opportunities for businesses to harness young talent by bringing fresh ideas into their operations. I have a strong HR, learning and talent development background. My PhD thesis focused on the hurdles young people have to navigate in their transition from

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Planting the seeds to success Great ambition leads to great opportunities, says RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year 2015 Charlotte Murrant I progressed from GCSEs onto A-levels at Richard Huish in Taunton, studying psychology, English literature, and health and social care, with an aim to have a career in teaching. However, after bumping into Jane, the owner of Eden wedding florist and flower school, at a wedding fair, I enquired about becoming a Saturday girl at Eden; this involved

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