• Gemma Westlake investigates the role of mentor

    Gemma Westlake investigates the role workplace mentor plays in an apprentice’s early career. I hope the l ...

    Gemma Westlake investigates the role workplace mentor plays in an apprentice’s early career. I hope the last few months have been good, both personally and professionally for you all. In my last insta ...

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  • How to support your apprentice

    In 2022’s first instalment of Apprentice Answers, Gemma Westlake reflects on how employers can get more a ...

    In 2022’s first instalment of Apprentice Answers, Gemma Westlake reflects on how employers can get more actively involved with an apprentice’s training provider. Happy New Year! I really hope you have ...

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  • The positive shift occurring within the industry

    Gemma Westlake, Lecturer at Basingstoke College of Technology, wraps up this year's series of Apprentices ...

    Gemma Westlake, Lecturer at Basingstoke College of Technology, wraps up this year's series of Apprenticeship Answers by reflecting on the positive shift that has occurred this academic year. We starte ...

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  • How the industry can encourage women to join

    In this month’s column, Gemma Westlake asks whether we’re doing enough to encourage interested girls to j ...

    In this month’s column, Gemma Westlake asks whether we’re doing enough to encourage interested girls to join the industry. Welcome back! It’s been what feels like a long time. We have finished (and ar ...

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  • Are apprenticeships the best option?

    The skills shortage and lack of young talent coming into the industry are two very difficult problems to ...

    The skills shortage and lack of young talent coming into the industry are two very difficult problems to solve. Apprenticeships have been thought of as the solution for decades now, but are they the b ...

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  • Tips for supporting apprentices

    In this month’s instalment of Apprenticeship Answers, Gemma Westlake uses her experience as a college lec ...

    In this month’s instalment of Apprenticeship Answers, Gemma Westlake uses her experience as a college lecturer to highlight how you can support your apprentice trainee throughout their studies. I’m su ...

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  • What is expected of an apprentice?

    For this month’s Apprenticeship Answers, Gemma Westlake revisits the topic of the End Point Assessment (E ...

    For this month’s Apprenticeship Answers, Gemma Westlake revisits the topic of the End Point Assessment (EPA), providing in-depth insight into exactly what is expected of an apprentice. As promised in ...

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  • What you need to know about EPA's

    Having traced the journey of an apprentice in previous PMM columns, Gemma Westlake now turns her attentio ...

    Having traced the journey of an apprentice in previous PMM columns, Gemma Westlake now turns her attention to the last stage: the End Point Assessment (EPA). Hello and welcome! Hopefully, you have joi ...

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  • How a mentor impacts apprentice progression

    In this month’s column, Gemma Westlake explores the role of the mentor and how it relates to the progress ...

    In this month’s column, Gemma Westlake explores the role of the mentor and how it relates to the progression of an apprentice. Well, what a crazy start to the year we’ve had! I hope you are well and h ...

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  • Top tips for investing in apprenticeships

    Although apprenticeships can be a daunting prospect to the hectic workshop, they are a worthwhile investm ...

    Although apprenticeships can be a daunting prospect to the hectic workshop, they are a worthwhile investment. In the first installment of a regular column, Gemma Westlake outlines the good, the bad, a ...

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