Embrace the wealth of talent that our young people possess

Last week we had the pleasure of attending Efficiency North’s Annual Conference at the KC Stadium, entitled 2020 Vision for building communities in Yorkshire & Humber.


2017 is the year of the Apprentice. The challenge is on for UK business and the construction and housing sectors to embrace the wealth of talent that our young people possess to build our future economy.


At this year’s Efficiency North Conference, they continue the theme started by the Great British Apprenticeship Challenge (@Ggac17) to lift the veil of mystery from the construction and housing sector and apprenticeships for employers, parents and young people. This was the second annual conference held by Efficiency North, looking at their vision for 2020 and achievements so far. There are challenges ahead so there was a focus on the drive for efficiency, as well as plugging the skills gap and tackling the housing gap. Supporting this is of course apprenticeships, and we were delighted that three of our apprentices participated in sharing the truth about apprenticeships.


Hosted by Paul Mitchell Social Value Manager Efficiency North & Mark Scott Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire), the region’s own Ant & Dec, four apprentice share their very own experience and life changing messages.


What does it mean to be an apprentice? What type of person makes a good apprentice? In trying to answer these questions and many more the very special guest apprentices were Sean Copley (Shoreline Housing Partnership), Harry Richardson (RH Fullwood and Co Ltd), Joe Jervis (Shoreline Housing Partnership) and Efficiency North’s very own Charlotte Hall.


Each of the apprentices are outstanding ambassadors for local young people and through today’s event have showcased there individual skills and talents. It was fantastic to hear some honest feedback from our apprentices and it provided a great opportunity to shout about why apprenticeships are the perfect way to take that next step on the career ladder… and it is always best to hear from the apprentices themselves.


New talent can really invigorate a company. Apprentices can work in a huge range of roles in a business and the businesses benefit just as much as the Apprentices themselves – the best way to predict the future is to create it.


Followed by talks from our very own Mark Scott and Paul Mitchell, our apprentices Harry (RH Fullwood and Co Ltd), Sean (Shoreline Housing Partnership) and Joe (Shoreline Housing Partnership) took to the stage.


Keep an eye on this page for more comments on this event as they come in, but in the meantime please take a look at Efficiency North’s website for photos and coverage of the event.





[Photo courtesy of Nick Sievewright and Footprint Photography]