Last updated at 09:33, Friday, 25 February 2011
REALITY TV star Ruth Badger visited Lakes College at Lillyhall this month to speak to students and employers as part of National Apprentice Week.
The 32-year-old, who was a contestant on series two of BBC’s The Apprentice, spoke to local businesses and apprentices on February 10.
She attended a breakfast forum with business representatives where she spoke about how she became a successful entrepreneur and discussed the benefits of employing an apprentice.
She then addressed students interested in progressing into an apprenticeship with an inspirational speech.
The event also allowed students the chance to meet some of the employers for an informal chat and ask them for tips that might help them with them with career development.
Ruth, who left full-time education at 16 with just three GCSEs, is now a director of two consultancy and training firms and is a strong ambassador for the training scheme.
She took part in the Youth Training Scheme in the Civil Service before getting her big break as a processor in a financial services company.
She said: “I was delighted to visit Lakes College and spend time with potential apprentices as well as employers. I started my career on an apprenticeship equivalent, so I understand how these students are feeling. I want to make them feel excited about where their career can go from here and show them that their future really is in their own hands.
“The view of apprenticeships has shifted from a very negative thing when they were viewed as a vehicle for those kids who weren’t academic to more recently when they have become the vehicle to learn sought-after industry experience and skills.
“Apprenticeships are very important. There will come a time when the local employment pool will become exhausted so we need apprenticeships to take people from education and nurture them into a career. I’m taking the time to urge people today that they should go for it and with 100 per cent conviction – regrets are caused by the chances you did not take and only you can push yourself through life.”
Ruth was a legendary candidate on The Apprentice. She proved each week that she was a top performer and was only pipped at the post in the final. After the programme Ruth went on to achieve great success with various projects.
First published at 15:57, Wednesday, 23 February 2011
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