I have inadvertently fallen into the role - for some - of mentor, advisor, reference writer, opportunity broker and sometimes employer - both Bianca (Manu) and Kimberley (Nyamhondera) have worked for me on and off in their gap years and during holidays back from uni and they always bring fresh insights, ideas and enthusiasm to the projects I am working on. There are many reciprocal benefits. I believe it is through this continued contact with this bunch of bright young people and subsequent projects that work like this has led me to, that I became convinced that a programme like the SLP apprenticeship programme can truly work.
These are relationships built over time, built on trust and opportunity, built on honest feedback and with bespoke support for individuals and their unique needs rather than a one size fits all approach.
It has taken hard work and perseverance, and there were and are moments of frustration and things don't and did not always go to plan, but I think that focusing on bespoke support is definitely the key.