Join from 10.30am for open networking. Panel event runs 11am-12noon

K-Club Virtual Brunch 24.9.20

Hiring An Apprentice in your Business - All you need to know!

Join us on our Virtual Brunch Event!


We’re giving you the opportunity to ask the things you’ve always wanted to know about hiring an apprentice in your business.
For example;
  • Did you know that you can currently get a grant of up to £3,000 for employing a new apprentice?
  • Did you know that you can move an existing employee onto an apprentice scheme to learn new skills at no cost?
  • Did you know that apprentices can be any age from 16 to 60?


Sandy Lindsay MBE, founder of The Juice Academy digital marketing apprenticeship, will be joined by an employer and two apprentices from her Academy to discuss how apprentices in all skill areas can benefit businesses in 2020.

Nick Bianchi, Director of luxury furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield will discuss why his business benefits from employing apprentices, then one of his own apprentices, Alex Flanagan (‘Flanno’!) will tell us why she chose an apprenticeship over university and outline her role in supporting the business.  The final brief speaker will be Jennifer Reay from Just-R, who started her career as a Business Admin apprentice and then chose to move into marketing so was placed on The Juice Academy apprenticeship to gain the vital digital marketing skills she needed for her new role.

A Q&A opportunity will follow, with all speakers happy to take any questions you have on any area of apprenticeships.


Sandy Lindsay MBE

Sandy was honoured in the 2015 Queens Birthday list for services to business and young people. She Chairs Tangerine Communications, The Juice Academy and Vine Insights and is Non-exec Director of The Rugby Football League, Northcoders and Flock. She is passionate about social mobility and skills – most particularly, apprenticeships – and Chairs skills groups for the North West Business Leadership Team and the North West Institute of Directors.


Nick Bianchi

Arighi Bianchi is a unique, fourth generation family furniture business based in Macclesfield.  Nick joined his family business in 2004 having worked in various external roles; from FMCG (Grocery) to sports translator and interpreter for the likes of Manchester United and England.  His role as Director at Arighi Bianchi primarily encompasses business development, digital, marketing and comms, although like any family business, he gets involved in other areas too. “A key role for us as a family company is to continually evolve the brand and the business.”


Alex Flanagan

Alex is a 1st year Digital Apprentice with Juice Academy and currently on placement with Arighi Bianchi, with the intention to move to permanent role within the company from January 2021.  She attended Aquinas college and gained necessary qualifications including photography and English Language.  She has an interest in Photography, music, fitness, fashion and travel.


Jennifer Reay

Jen is a Digital Project Assistant at Just-R who provide digital recruitment solutions for the Healthcare sector.  Within her role, she supports the project team with various aspects of the delivery of client campaigns. This is Jen’s second apprenticeship after completing her Business Administration Level 3 three years ago where she found an interest in digital marketing.


Join from 10.30am for open networking.

The main panel event will run 11am-12noon including time for Q&A.


If you would like to join us virtually via Zoom on this event, please email to reserve your place.  A joining link will be issued to all attendees in advance of the event.

We request that your microphones are muted once the panel event commences at 11am.  Any questions may be submitted to Amanda in advance of the event or asked on the day (if we have time).

Bookings close at 10am on Thursday 24th September 2020