You’re Hired! Why businesses are backing apprenticeships


National Apprenticeships Week

As part of National Apprenticeships Week, the Great Business Debate will be showcasing the business community’s commitment to workforce skills and training. Throughout the week we will be promoting positive stories in order to tackle myths about vocational training.

Be sure to check in each morning for new articles and case studies from leading organisations with their thoughts on apprenticeships. Follow the discussion this week and next, keep up-to-date with the hashtag #bizdebate.


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Amber Westmoreland EY

Amber joined the EY school leaver programme in tax in EY’s Manchester office in 2013. In this article she discusses her experiences so far

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Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group: What does a quality apprenticeship look like?

CBI president, Paul Drechsler, writes about why apprenticeships matter to business and the economy


Other content from this week
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Hilary French, Headmistress, Newcastle High School for Girls: Bridging the skills gap – we’re all in this together

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David allison, Founder and Managing Director of explores how recruitment is changing in the digital age

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Mike Thompson, Head of Apprenticeships at Barclays discusses Barclays bolder apprenticeship programme


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Video: Steve Fox, chief executive of BAM Nuttall ltd, talks about the organisation’s investment in apprenticeships

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Case Study: George F White explore the successes they’ve had with apprenticeships

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Leo Quinn Group CEO, Balfour Beatty and Founder, 5% Club: business heal thyself – why industry holds the key to our skills gap

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Liz Rees, Director, unionlearn: quality and equality of opportunity – no ifs, no buts….

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Meet the apprentice: Chelsea Riddoch tells us about how her apprenticeship with Diageo is giving her the opportunity to learn

Check out our infographic exploring business commitment to workforce skills and training

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Case study: E.ON trainees — a year on from telling GBD about E.ON traineeships, E.ON tell us how 2 trainees are getting on

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James Wates CBE, Chairman, Wates Group: There’s a job for everyone in construction - James Wates CBE counters old assumptions that the industry is just for men

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