This workshop will focus on practical advice on managing apprentices. It will explore best practice tips on every aspect from initially hiring apprentices to developing them through the business and retaining valuable talent.
Qasim Majid, CEO, Wow Zone
In 2002, I moved from Manchester to Birmingham to launch my first business, a technology services company specialising in offshore development, which was in partnership with an American firm. Since then I have set up, and been involved in several businesses in the field of technology, as an investor, board director and CEO.
Currently I’m the CEO of several technology businesses; Wow Zone, a digital marketing agency, which was established in 2002, and was recently featured on Channel 4’s TV hit show The Job Interview, Raw Jam Ltd a Web Solutions Agency and FX Introducer a FinTech business.
I served 4 years on the boards of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2010. In April 2016 I was fortunate enough to be recalled, to serve once again on the Executive board of The Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). This year, 2017, I have been appointed as the Vice President of the ABCC. I’m also the Vice Chair on Ronald McDonald House Charity in Birmingham.
I also served 4 years on the board of UK IT Association, an initiative which was set up by Advantage West Midlands, to help collaboration and growth for SME technology businesses. Whilst serving on this board, I was asked to represent the West Midlands on a technology trade delegation to the United States and Turkey, the aim was to build closer ties with US, Turkish and UK based businesses in the field of technology.
Although business keeps me busy, I’m a family man, married for 21 years, with two amazing children. I’m also a keen sportsman, I regularly play cricket, teach boxing and a huge Manchester United fan.
Faith Walker, Commercial Director/Owner, FLR Group
Faith has over 30 years experience in sales, training, and business management
Progressing from sales and then into management and training with two blue chip companies, she joined the FLR Group in 1994 , a commercial and retail flooring company.
Faith has helped develop the retail arm of FLR Group, which is now home to
Two dedicated retail flooring showrooms. Faith’s role within the business ranges from business development, training, managing of staff and the smooth running of the business. In 2016 FLR was Solihull Chambers Small business of the year.
She is a regular contributor and speaker to local forums which aim to bridge the skills gap and help Develop business and good practice alongside developing people into much needed skilled roles
Emily Mahoney, Learning and Development Specialist, WSP
Emily is a Learning and Development Specialist at WSP. After graduating with a degree in Politics she began her career in the Engineering industry and quickly found her passion in Learning and Development. Her focus at WSP is developing early career professionals with emphasis on apprentices. With a particular drive to bring young people into Engineering, Emily sits on the Management group and National group of the Technician Apprentice Consortium (TAC) which drives the apprentice agenda and writes new national standards.
Emily believes that managing apprentices effectively through coaching and mentoring is key to a successful apprenticeship programme.
This event is part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Growth Through People campaign. This week focuses on Growth Through Attracting & Retaining Talent. Our official campaign sponsor for Growth Through Attracting & Retaining Talent week is Aston University.
About the sponsor:
Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.
Aston University led the way with degree apprenticeships and became the first in the UK to deliver them in 2015. Aston is also the first and currently the only university to have degree apprentice alumni who graduated in July 2017 and are continuing to make waves at in their organisation.
By delivering practical degree apprenticeships developed with industry and approved by professional bodies, Aston has become the University of choice for organisations including Microsoft, Virgin Media, Payara, Capgemini and a growing number of SMEs who are using degree apprenticeships to fill skills gaps and increase productivity.