Inside Brother UK’s apprenticeship event

MD Phil Jones giving a talk to students.

Brother hosted an event on Friday which brought together 50 students from local Tameside schools and taught them about apprenticeships. The day was hosted by Brother UK employees who went through the apprenticeship programme themselves. It was part of the government-run National Apprenticeship Week 2018 and focussed on this year’s theme of showcasing how opportunities work to benefit individuals, employers, the community, and the wider economy.

Attendees of the event were provided with information about apprenticeships which highlighted the benefits of working and studying simultaneously, as well as specific opportunities offered at Brother UK, one of Greater Manchester’s leading employers.

Phil Jones, MD of Brother UK, said prior to the event: “National Apprenticeship Week is an important part of the year in highlighting the crucial role apprenticeships play in the future of all businesses, allowing us to celebrate the valuable contribution they make to companies.

This year we’ll be hosting apprenticeship work sessions, where employees from across the company will experience first-hand the important work out apprentices do at Brother UK. It follows on from the success of last year’s job swap, where some of our directors and I swapped jobs with three apprentices for the day.”

5% of Brother UK’s current workforce are apprentices, and the company plans to recruit more across the business this year across areas including IT infrastructure, product & solutions management, and electronic engineering.

Jones continued: Young people need real-life experience in business. It strengthens their employability and helps them make more informed choices about their future careers. The benefits for employers are huge as well, as millennials have invaluable digital, communication and social skills that are essential for our market.

It’s not just young people and school-leavers that are the beneficiaries of apprenticeships – we currently have four staff taking degree apprenticeships, for example, such as the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, to help them improve their skills and help us to build a better company.”