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Apprentice Star Nurtures Next Generation of Talent

Adam Corbally and Kiah Allsop (back row) on a recent school visit to promote apprenticeshipsA former contestant on hit TV show The Apprentice has spoken out in support of apprenticeships and said he believes they are ‘the way forward for employers.’

Adam Corbally, who reached the final five of series eight of the show in 2012, made his comments at the close of National Apprenticeship Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Adam has used his success on the show as a platform to launch a number of ventures.

He started one of them, Corbally Concierge, in 2014. Kiah Allsop joined the company in January as his personal assistant and began her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship in February.

Adam said: “As an employer, I wanted to bring someone into the business who I could mould into my way of working – a blank canvass if you like.

“The last PA I had was very well qualified and experienced, so it was a bit of a step into the unknown for me, but it’s working out well so far.

“Kiah has been with me since January and she’s taken to it well. She is learning a lot and is starting to come out of her shell, so I’m happy with the progress so far.

Adam Corbally“There are lots of young people out there who have never been in paid employment and many have lost their way a bit and it’s not a path I want to see them go down.

“But, speaking as an employer, it’s hard to give a job to someone who’s never been in the workplace before.

“I think apprenticeships are the way forward for many employers, because it gives them the option to take a chance on a young person and equip them with the skills they need to be a good employee.

“For the apprentices themselves, they get to learn how to do a real job, in a real workplace, while earning a real wage.”

Carole Harrison, Kiah’s training adviser at East Midlands Chamber - the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire - said: “We’re really pleased with the progress Kiah has made so far.

“Apprentices play a vital role in helping businesses to develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to grow and prosper – in Kiah’s case, it has certainly helped her to develop the confidence and other soft skills she needs to succeed in the workplace.

“The Chamber is a huge advocate of apprenticeships, which are a great way of equipping young people with the skills, attitudes and attributes they need to have long and successful careers in business.

“Today's school-leavers are tomorrow’s business leaders, so it is crucial that greater emphasis is placed on apprenticeships to bridge the gap between education and the world of work.”