Training is key to developing raw talent, says star

HE'S A STAR Apprentice winner Lee McQueen  with Christine Hiskey
HE'S A STAR Apprentice winner Lee McQueen with Christine Hiskey
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BUSINESSES are only as good as the people they employ – that’s the message Lee McQueen, winner of BBC TV’s The Apprentice, brought to Portsmouth.

Around 120 multinational companies rubbed shoulders with local firms at the sixth annual Peta open day, which aimed to give the companies a taster of how they can train their employees, and school leavers looking to go onto apprenticeships, to help make their businesses more successful.

The event was held at Peta’s headquarters in the North Harbour area of the city last week.

Among those attending the open day were national firms such as Rolls-Royce, Estee Lauder and Cathay Pacific Airways, as well as local firms and organisations including Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth Water and Wightlink.

Mr McQueen spoke about working with Sir Alan Sugar, as well as his strong belief that apprenticeships can help harness the raw talent in young people.

Bob Hiskey, director of Peta, said: ‘It was a pleasure to have Lee McQueen launch our open day and to hear of his thoughts on business and working alongside Lord Sugar.

‘He made reference to the success of business being as good as the people it employs and this is why Peta exists – we have delivered training and support services for over 40 years, not only working with young people starting an apprenticeship but also staff employed in business to help them become more successful.

‘Talent exists in everyone – we just need to ensure we have the right people in the right job with the right attitude and we can all thrive in a recession.’