Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Apprentices Made It to the Top

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Apprentices Made It to the Top

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From the shop floor to the boardroom, they are the leaders who know what it's like to start life as an apprentice. It's a word that's synonymous with facing the anger of the boardroom boss Lord Sugar. But some of Teesside's best known business leaders know there's more to being an apprentice than just arguing your case in the boardroom. The North East Chamber of Commerce this year highlighted the importance of apprenticeships as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations.

HERE are seven senior businesspeople who rose to the top: Name: Dave Ruddy Position: Managing director, Biochemica UK Apprenticeship: Laboratory technician How did being an apprentice help you? I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to gain hands-on work experience while attaining a vocational qualification simultaneously.

Undertaking an apprenticeship was one of the most important choices I made as a young person when I was faced with deciding my future.

My apprenticeship has proved invaluable as it helped me to achieve my career goals and get where I am today."

Name: Jeanette Henderson Position: Financial director, Gus Robinson Developments Apprenticeship: YTS - office administration How did being an apprentice help you? I was encouraged by my careers advisers that this particular course offered varying opportunities.

I never really considered university as an option when leaving school in the early 1980s. I joined the company as an office assistant while studying one day a week at HCFE. I was given encouragement and support from my employer to turn my job into a career, encompassing many roles.

Name: Mike Matthews Position: European operations officer, Nifco Europe and managing director Nifco UK Apprenticeship: Apprentice toolmaker - mechanical engineering How did being an apprentice help you? It meant I could earn a salary straight from school and be further educated at the same time. …

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