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Boots UK launches eBook to inspire and support work experience and apprenticeships

03 March 2014
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The eBook, called ‘Let’s Inspire – work experience and apprenticeships’ launched online last week and was written to support businesses in creating exciting and engaging apprenticeship and work experience programmes.  The interactive eBook provides examples of Boots UK initiatives and case studies of other local and national businesses, along with a free toolkit.  The toolkit offers several useful templates and links that can be used to create tailored work experience and apprenticeship programmes.
Stephen Lehane, Human Resources Director, Health and Beauty Division, Alliance Boots, says: “The ‘Let’s Inspire – work experience and apprenticeships’ eBook is a really useful and engaging guide for employers who want to create opportunities for young people, but may need some support in how to do this. As a long term member of Business in the Community, Boots UK has partnered with other member and non-member organisations to offer broad experiences and advice in a collaborated response to such an important issue.  We currently have 45 apprentices at Boots UK and the Boots Opticians apprenticeship program has 825 including intermediate and advanced apprenticeships.”
The eBook has been written with support from other local and national businesses including BT, Marston’s, Greggs, Shoosmith’s, Scott Bailye Hairdressing, Timpson, Gelder Group and Care Learning, all of whom have contributed to the book by sharing experiences about how they have been supporting young people into the workplace and or education.
The eBook is free and easy to download and available at




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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024