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National Apprenticeship Week: Boots supports young people with Skills for Life

07 February 2023
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Boots is supporting this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 6-12 February with a number of Boots UK and Boots Opticians apprentices taking part in this week's National Big Assembly.

This year’s NAW focuses on ‘Skills for Life’ and offers an excellent opportunity to shine a light on the positive impact apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and wider economy.

Boots has more than 700 apprentices across the company with a number from both Boots UK and Opticians sharing their first-hand experience of what it is like to take an apprenticeship with Boots at the National Big Assembly. The live broadcast went out to over 100,000 people across the UK and highlights the benefits, variety and career possibilities that apprenticeships can offer.

Setting young people up with Skills for Life

Boots has also been supporting young people with work experience through an invitation for the Nottingham Trent University Confetti Institute, allowing 11 students access to Boots’ state-of-the-art filming studio at its headquarters in Nottingham.

Students were divided into two teams to take part in an Apprentice-style experience, working with cameras and studio tech over multiple sessions to produce an end-to-end broadcast to fit a Boots business themed brief.

Chris Hayden, Course Leader Television Production Technology, NTU said: “This is a great opportunity for our second and third-year television broadcast technology students to expand on what they have already learned on the course. They have been able to learn using more emerging technologies, experience newer cameras, vision mixers, and have the chance to work with higher level, high-production quality broadcast and corporate materials.

“Working with a really high-profile client like Boots really raises the expectation of what the students can achieve and greatly improves their show reels of work overall.”

On top of the activity with Confetti, Boots is hosting a Speakers for Schools event on 7 February, inviting secondary school students to an invaluable taster work experience session at the Boots support offices in Nottingham.






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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.

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*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024