South Tyneside businessman Scott Louis has played a key role in helping the next generation into work.
Scott, a project manager with specialist electrical and mechanical contractors Opus Building Services, was deputy chairman of the Government’s Trailblazer group, looking to introduce degree level apprenticeships in management and leadership.
Opus has always been really passionate about the scheme – we believe it will work really well and has the potential to transform the careers of many.Scott Louis
The group of 40 employers and universities heard this week that the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills had given the green light to the scheme.
Scott, 36, who has been with Opus for eight years and lives in Ouston, said: “We represented SMEs on the group, and Opus has always been really passionate about the scheme – we believe it will work really well and has the potential to transform the careers of many who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to advance.
“The scheme will be up and running from September this year.
“Extending the Trailblazer scheme to include management will put far more young people on track to professional management careers.
“We practice what we preach and are in the process of taking on four more apprentices for 2015.
“Continuous training and upskilling our people is a core and long-term strategy to Opus, and this is a prime opportunity to upskill our own potential managers and leaders on this pioneering scheme when it is up and running.”
The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is aimed at increasing the number of professional managers in the UK and improving productivity and business growth.
Students will earn a degree in management and business, and become a Chartered Manager and member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Opus managing director Gavin Richardson said: “Scott’s excellent contribution certainly helped to raise our profile, but the group benefited hugely from our practical experience as a successful SME.”