On Friday 19 August between 1 - 2 pm we’ll be holding our first Apprenticeships Twitter chat. The chat will focus on the role of smaller firms and apprenticeships. It will also look at apprenticeship reform and highlight resources that support smaller businesses to hire an apprentice. The chat will be open to everyone who wishes to join by following #fsbchat, but we also have a panel of some great speakers lined up. Take a look below. Tim Campbell MBE, The Apprentice and Businessman Tim is a businessman and winner of the first series of The Apprentice, a BBC TV reality show in which contestant’s battle to win a job working for businessman Lord Alan Sugar. He is the founder of Bright Ideas Trust, a charitable organisation which encourages young budding entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures. They do this by giving them greater access to start-up finance, real business mentors and professional services advisors. Tim is the co-author of ‘What’s Your Bright Idea?’, which was one of Amazon’s Top 10 business books in 2010. He is also a Cabinet Office Social Enterprise Ambassador for the Cabinet office. Twitter handle: @TC_MBE Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, Skills Funding Agency ( Department for Education) Sue is responsible for the two customer facing services of the Skills Funding Agency – the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the National Careers Service. Sue’s role includes: the promotion of apprenticeships; the provision of a responsive, high-quality service to employers; working with partners to improve the design and delivery of high-quality apprenticeships and promoting and supporting traineeships as part of the apprenticeship family. Sue also has responsibility for the National Careers Service, which provides impartial careers information and advice and guidance to adults and young people to support their decision- making about learning and work. Twitter handle:@skillsfunding Jenny Woodward, Managing Director, The Printed Cup Company Jenny is the Managing Director of The Printed Cup Company and an FSB member. She started the business with her husband, and initially worked part time dealing with the accounts and HR. The company grew rapidly during the recession, so Jenny took the decision to work in the company fulltime and became the Managing Director. Jennys previous work experience was in the education sector, working in admin, reporting and data analysis, as well as running school exams. She enjoys working with schools, colleges and universities, is a Governor at a primary and secondary school, and gives career advice talks to students. Twitter handle: @PrintedCupCo Anthony Impey, CEO of Optimity & Chair on FSB Skills Policy Board Anthony is the CEO of Optimity and an FSB member. He has been awarded Workforce Development Champion by London Loves Business and received the Worshipful Company of IT Practitioners’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is also included in the Maserati 100 Index- a definitive list of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs who are supporting the next generation of talent. Anthony works extensively with developing talent for the tech sector. He established Tech City Stars and Tech Up Nation to help local young people start careers in East London’s technology sector using tailor-made apprenticeships. Anthony is Vice Chair of the Government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. Twitter handle: @Impmister Jack Kennedy, Strategic Communications and Employer Engagement Manager, Apprenticeship Funding Unit Jack has lead stakeholder and employer engagement in the Apprenticeship Funding Unit at the Department for Education since May 2016. His role is to engage employers, training providers and other important stakeholders in the changes that are being introduced by the funding reforms that are coming in from April 2017 and to ensure they are prepared. Jack has worked in various posts across Government, including spending 18 months at the Department for Work and Pensions, working on both international and European policy and previously establishing a new apprenticeship programme for young people to enter the NHS for the South London Jobcentres. Twitter handle:@educationgovuk Annie Peate, Policy Advisor – Education and Skills, FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Annie leads FSB’s education and skills policy activity for the Federation of Small business (FSB). FSB’s main education and skill priorities in this area include apprenticeships and apprenticeship reform, improving awareness of and access to skills training and development for small businesses and small business engagement with education. Before joining FSB, Annie worked in public policy at the professional body for HR and people development, CIPD, and at the Westminster-based research organisation, The Work Foundation, as well as spending time in the policy campaigns team at The Fawcett Society. Twitter handle: @AnniePeate See how FSB have campaigned on this issue You may also like 09 October 2019 Small biz recipes for National Curry Week 25 September 2019 Together, we can make a difference, writes Mike Cherry 03 September 2019 Small businesses heed the call to reduce plastic waste 02 February 2018 We need you! Join FSB and Which? to Save Our Cashpoints! 05 May 2017 Weekly Brief 18 – Friday 05 May 2017 07 March 2017 What do women in business want from the Budget?