Holts to aid youth with apprentice boot camp

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Dragons’ Den-style projects aim to boost confidence and maturity.

Holts Academy has launched a new Apprenticeship Boot Camp that aims to get young people with little or no experience prepared for work.

The boot camp has been designed to boost the confidence, maturity and problem-solving skills of young people through a series of fun and interactive tasks based on TV shows such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice.

Holts Academy recently helped to train 2,450 members of staff at TK Maxx, and this latest initiative is just one of several projects it has been running to help grow apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

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Each Holts Academy apprentice is then carefully matched to an apprentice job opportunity in jewellery making, retail, business or IT, and while each apprentice learns on the job they are assessed and tutored by Holts Academy to achieve a vocational qualification. At present Holts Academy apprentices are work in jewellery companies throughout London, Birmingham and Sheffield.

Holts Academy director Lee Lucas said: “We are really excited about our new programme which we hope will help to transform the lives of young people currently looking for work. We guarantee each young person will leave the boot camp with a great CV and interview skills, as well as leadership and problem solving skills employers look for.

"It’s not going to be boring lessons in a classroom, but hands-on practical and fun projects, and our Apprenticeship boot camp is open to all young people, whether or not they want a career in jewellery. Employers will benefit from having an even wider pool of motivated and mature young people to select for apprenticeships."
 

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