ALPS at Institute of Directors

ALPS took two Technical Sales Apprentices from the regional award winning company, Invotra to the Institute of Directors meeting this morning.  Despite only starting their Apprenticeships in June, Louis James and Debbie Manley both spoke confidently about the benefits of Apprenticeships and they were warmly received by the Institute.  It is always great to hear young people speak about Apprentices speak with such enthusiasm and Louis and Debbie were a credit to Invotra.

Federation of Small Businesses

We are pleased to provide some information on the FSB:

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK’s largest business support organisation, promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small businesses.  

Established in 1974 to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members.

Members get an exclusive package of business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local networking, business banking, insurance services, funding and much more.

How can FSB help your business?  
If you run your own business, chances are you picked an industry you know and are passionate about. You’re confident that you know it well enough to be able to cope with whatever life throws at you. But what happens when you need to deal with something outside your field of expertise? No one person has all the answers. The good news is, joining FSB, the Experts in Business, means having someone on your side who does have the legal, tax or HR expertise needed.

What’s included in membership?
Right from the outset, FSB Business Essentials members have access to a range of advice, financial and support services designed to make your life easier, including:

  • Legal and tax protection scheme and legal costs insurance
  • 24/7 legal advice line
  • An extensive online legal hub with over 650 document templates and factsheets
  • 24/7 employment advice, and fully customisable documents from the legal hub
  • Free business banking (subject to status)
  • Insurance advice
  • Cyber protection insurance
  • Debt recovery service

We can help your business grow by leaving you free to do what you’re best at – running your business.  

For more information or to join now, please contact 0808 2020 888 or visit

ALPS at St Andrews School

We took the ASK Project to St Andrews School in Leatherhead earlier this week. We were asked by the school to support the new Careers Lead with an update to her Apprenticeship knowledge and help to plan support activities for the students over the academic year.

We provided the latest Apprenticeship Guide and it was great to see the posters the school is using around the Learning Skills Centre.

ALPS at Woking College

ALPS visited Woking Sixth Form College on 23rd September to talk to over 100 Year 13 Students about Apprenticeships as a Progression Option. A number of students were interested in the opportunities that Degree and Higher Apprenticeships could offer as an alternative to full-time University.

We will going back later in the Academic Year to talk to Year 12 students and to take part in events for students and parents.

ALPS at Reigate College

ALPS attended Reigate College yesterday to give apprenticeship information to Year 13s who had decided that University wasn’t the route they wished to take.  We spoke to 190 students and had the opportunity to share the new vacancy listing for Degree and Higher Apprenticeships. We also provided a new copy of the Apprenticeship Guide.

ALPS will be returning to the college next year to talk to Year 12 parents as well as to run Apprenticeship application and registration workshops.