“I am the SME voice in the room and I really value apprentices – they are the future of my business.”
Mr Holt set up the sole academy to serve the UK's jewellery sector which now employs 550 apprentices. Asked by the UK Government, he led a review on apprenticeships in 2012, which has led to a fundamental change to the structure and content of UK Apprenticeship learning. He told delegates that 85% of SMEs say they can't grow because they can't find talent so he wanted delegates to focus on what small business wants.
Director Graham Wood said “The conference was an excellent opportunity to work with representatives from a wide range of organisations in Europe who have the same passion as us for developing high quality apprenticeship training. There was a good level of debate, discussion and listening leading to some very interesting ideas that include elements of genuine innovation.”