Apprentice video

I have never liked video.  Appearing in one that is, rather than watching one.  It is not my medium and so when I am asked to get involved I don't approach it with my usual enthusiasm.  For once the gloss wears off on my type seven personality.  I have only had one successful engagement with … Continue reading Apprentice video

Training Apprentices

How exciting I am now a director of an ATA, an Apprentice Training Agency.  Service Direct Newco, a wholly owned subsidiary of the council has been awarded this status.  It has been a long up-hill climb to get there but it offers us some important capabilities.  My thanks must go to Cath, Steven and Lee … Continue reading Training Apprentices

Apprentice Levy

There is still a lot of confusion over the government’s plans to introduce an apprenticeships levy.  At least in my mind there is and it would seem that I am not alone.  When I raised it with my colleagues on the NECIT group none of them had heard about it yet it is going to … Continue reading Apprentice Levy

Recognise and celebrate

  So I’ve made it to the end of this year’s Customer Service Week.  Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Those of you who have been following my blog will know that getting young people into the tech industry is one of the things that I am passionate about and that I have been … Continue reading Recognise and celebrate

Unfolding plans 203 – More trainee workers

A group of us went down to Leeds to see how they had set up their Apprentice Training Agency (ATA).  It had been going for a while and could prove to be a useful model to get ours off the ground.  I’ve been getting more and more excited by the idea that we have launched … Continue reading Unfolding plans 203 – More trainee workers

Unfolding plans 85 – the one I never got to use

Dynamo 15 was a fantastic event.  It was even better than last year’s and I’m already looking forward to next year.  In one way or another I was quite involved in some of the breakout themes.  I had a couple of talks prepared but Bob decided to do a David Dimbleby and go for a … Continue reading Unfolding plans 85 – the one I never got to use

A year of work in progress – day 186

Day 186 – 30 October 2014 Apart from one meeting, I had set today aside to write some reports and documents. The meeting was with Justin about Dynamo and some work that needs to be done to move the group forward. I discovered that he has a similar penchant for hats as I do. I … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 186