Senior Directors from Brother UK are swapping the boardroom for apprentice roles with the aim of highlighting the importance of investing in future talent.
Managing Director Phil Jones, Infrastructure and Shared Services Director Louise Marshall and Supply Chain and Service Director Keith Howe will form the group taking up roles as apprentices, specialising in digital and social media, business administration and electronic engineering. The job swap takes place this Friday (10th March) at the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, a government initiative aimed at encouraging more businesses and young people to consider apprenticeships.
Phil Jones, Brother MD said, “National Apprenticeship Week is an important part of the year in highlighting the crucial role apprenticeships play in the future of all businesses, but investing in talent development should be front of mind all year round.
“Our job swaps are not just for fun. They allow our senior leaders to better understand our apprenticeship programme and how it could be enhanced while also underlining to our apprentices how crucial they are to the future of Brother UK.”
Alongside the job swaps on 10th March, Brother is hosting 50 students from schools across Tameside who are part of the firm’s Big Brother mentoring programme. The initiative encourages young people to consider career opportunities in the STEM (science, tech, engineering and manufacturing) fields and provides students with work experience. Friday’s event will feature talks from Phil Jones and Gemmer Crozier, a former apprentice who is now a permanent Brother employee.
Brother UK has offered apprentices at its Tameside HQ since July 2014 and has pledged to increase apprentices to make up 5 per cent of headcount by 2019.