Applegate are thrilled to be welcoming yet another cohort into the Applegate Academy – a 16 week work experience programme delivered by Applegate for students studying the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business at Petroc. 

Three students have been gaining real work experience, whilst also contributing to business activity.

Jacob Butterworth decided to apply to join the programme to better his professional skills. “I wanted to improve my telephone and communication skills, whilst gaining valuable experience within a business”.

Jacob Geary added that it was not only the personal development he saw as beneficial, but also the insights into Artificial Intelligence through getting to grips with Applegate’s innovative tech infrastructure. “I was interested in participating in this 12-week programme to gain essential experience working within a business environment where I would be able to develop my understanding and knowledge of businesses and to gain further opportunities. Applegate’s AI program also caught my attention initially as it is something I am interested in.”

Programme Manager, Joanna Nancekivell, has made every effort to ensure the programme shines a light on all key business functions, whilst also accommodating any areas of interest from the students. She commented “One of the most rewarding things about the Applegate Academy is knowing that the training I am delivering is contributing to their professional and personal development. Applegate sees the academy as one of many routes to the Workplace Degree Programme it offers – I enjoy preparing the academy for the application process and what follows”.

The students also noted a meeting with Stuart Brocklehurst, CEO, as a highlight. We hear from the students that they learned about ‘AI, machine learning and quantum computing’! Mr Brocklehurst stated “The CBI has recently highlighted the vital importance of providing young people with meaningful work experience in a business context – but schools and colleges often struggle to source suitable placements. Running programmes such as the Academy is an important part of corporate social responsibility, can provide a pipeline of future talent, and it’s enjoyable having lively and engaged students spend time in the company.”

We hope the students have found the scheme beneficial and we look forward to welcoming a new intake in the next academic year.

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