AutoRaise at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2019

April 2, 2019

AutoRaise were delighted to be selected to deliver a workshop at the recent FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference #FEAAC19, held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham. Now its fifth year, there were over six hundred attendees across two days, which culminated in a gala dinner and awards ceremony.


Competing with top players in the apprenticeship world, we were chosen to deliver our workshop entitled: Collaboration is Key to recruitment and retention of apprentices. This was a great accolade for a charity only two years old and a fantastic opportunity to reach hundreds of training providers, End Point Assessment organisations and government policy makers to raise the profile of the Charity and showcase what we do.  


Practising what we preach, the workshop was planned and delivered by our very own Indra Nauth, Head of Engagement: Education and Learners and John Henderson, Training and Development Manager at Gemini ARC – truly collaborative from start to finish.


Sharing best practice around how to work in partnership to ensure recruitment of apprentices and crucially how to retain them, Indra and John delivered a 45 minute workshop to a number of employers, training providers and apprenticeship organisations including one from Canada! 


Showing both our Meet the Apprentices video and one with Gemini’s apprentices, delegates saw some of the fantastic young people in our sector; a result of putting into practice the tips and industry insights we were showcasing.  Our workshop was very well received with a lot of interest from those attending about how they could transfer our learning to their sectors.


Indra Nauth said “we were stunned to have our workshop idea accepted as there are more established organisations than AutoRaise who have been operating in the Further Education sector for a while that pitched for this slot. It provided the perfect opportunity to reach hundreds of people in one go, to be able to tell the FE sector about the amazing work that AutoRaise, Gemini and other employers are doing alongside Emtec, Blackpool and the Fylde College and other providers delivering the multi-skilled Accident Repair Technician Standard.


The conference ended on a high note with its annual awards ceremony where over 21 awards were given out including Employer and Provider of the Year awards.  Our ambitious target over the coming 12 months will be to ensure that we support our fantastic sector to submit entrants into a range of categories and who knows; maybe one of us (including AutoRaise) will win!


It’s essential that the industry gets behind addressing the skills shortage, whether it be taking on new apprentices, hosting Industry Showcase Events or simply helping to spread the word. Please visit for full information on how to get involved. To see how AutoRaise are attracting young people to the industry, please visit  

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