Staffordshire Chambers supports young apprentices to develop

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Apprentices attended a workshop on Tuesday 22nd October as part of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce’s new programme, NexGen, which aims to support the skills development of young apprentices in the county. The workshop, ‘Introduction to Relationship Management and Stakeholder Communications’, covered the basics of good relationship management to build long standing relationships.

12 apprentices from a range of employers, including Michelin, Ornua Foods, Stone Computers, Keele University, and Strategi Solutions, attended the workshop at the Chambers’ Stoke-on-Trent office. The session started with brief networking and introductions and then Jonathan Nicholls, Talent Resourcing Executive at Strategi Solutions, explored the importance of stakeholder communications including hints and tips about how to communicate using phone, email and face to face.

NexGen is a series of innovative CPD workshops, coupled with social sessions amongst like-minded individuals, to support apprentices with developing their own local, strong networks and skills. The programme of workshops covers areas such as basic presentation skills, Meet the Leader interviews, understanding your character and learning styles, business communication skills, dealing with difficult feedback and more. This support will enable apprentices to perform better in their roles and provides them with the support they require to progress.

Tom Nadin, Mentoring Growth Project Manager, said: “NexGen is all about supporting Staffordshire businesses to develop the future skills talent that the county needs. Our first professional development workshop was a great success, with the apprentices developing their skills to help them manage communications with both internal and external stakeholders. It was also fantastic to see the apprentices networking and sharing their experiences with each other and we will look forward to welcoming them to our next session on teamwork.”

For more information about NexGen or to sign up today please call 01782 202222, email or visit

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