To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2012, the Gloucestershire College Business Hub is hosting an apprenticeship focused Business Hub Breakfast for small and medium-sized enterprises on Tuesday, February 7.
Chris Nyland, director at Absolute Creative, a company specialising in design, print, marketing and websites in Gloucester city centre, attended a similar apprenticeship focused Business Breakfast at Gloucestershire College last year.
He has since recruited the company’s first apprentice; Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice, Laura Wareing.
Gloucestershire College is supporting the new 2012 Apprenticeship Challenge campaign run by economic development company GFirst in partnership with Stroud College, Hartpury College and Cirencester College.
The aim is to attract 100 new employers to take part in the challenge and past employers to build on their apprenticeship success.
Chris Nyland explained: “After opening Absolute Creative in 2007 with my business partner Dan Whitelock, we had experienced steady growth and were looking to expand. In May 2010, with new premises and a newly purchased printing.com franchise arm of the business, we decided we had both the space and the workload to warrant an additional team member.
“The event run by the GC Business Hub was especially good as current apprentices gave their view. I was impressed with the apprentices who spoke with enthusiasm about their roles, and the event convinced me that we would benefit from recruiting an apprentice. We wanted to give a young person a good start in their career, but essentially an apprentice also made sound financial sense for us.”
He added: “Laura joined us in October 2010 and four months later she is a key part of our team, getting involved in all aspects of running the business.”
Laura, a former Ribston Hall High School A-level pupil, decided to apply for apprenticeships through Gloucestershire College after deciding against higher education to avoid university debt.
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship so far,” said Laura.
“The first four months have been a learning curve! I have learned loads about the business and am responsible for front of house as well as certain elements of client liaison, website updates and book-keeping.”
If you would like to attend the free GC Business Hub Breakfast on Tuesday, February 7, RSVP to by Thursday, February 2. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
[Article taken from This is Gloucester: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Laura-sets-shining-example-Apprenticeship-Week/story-15096736-detail/story.html]