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  • 07 July 2020
  • 9 min read

Agent November consultancy session

In a day-long online session, our level 4 apprentices provided Agent November Managing Director Nathan Glover with industry advice and tips on how to continue his success during difficult Covid-19 trading times.

London-based Agent November is a company which is now offering virtual escape room adventures allowing customers to become a secret agent. 

During the consultancy session, the degree apprentices fully investigated the business and provided recommendations for improvement.

Nathan said, “It was great to have a fresh perspective on my company from a whole host of bright, enthusiastic professionals. As I've been running my business for nearly 6 years, I'm sure that I 'can't see the wood for the trees' sometimes, so it was great to have so many new ideas come in from the students.

"My team and I are already putting many of their suggestions into place, and the exercise has been a very useful springboard for future innovation in the company. I'd recommend this opportunity to anyone looking to innovate or improve their company."

Nathan Glover, Agent November Managing Director

The student experience

Degree Apprentice James Shillito, Senior Business Support Officer of Adults' Health & Care at Hampshire County Council said, “We reviewed the internal and external challenges faced by the business, and identified its current strengths and weaknesses. We suggested a number of strategies and models that could help Agent November continue to thrive. This exercise was a very welcome way to round up our learning for year one."

At the end of the session the apprentices were asked to write a reflective essay considering what they had learnt and action points for future study. Last year a similar event was run with Cornwall-based I for Design.

Director of Degree Apprenticeships in Business, Becky Quew-Jones, noted how important it is to apply academic and theoretical models to a real-life case study. 

She said: “This was an extremely beneficial exercise to our apprentices and it provided them with the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge and expertise they have gained during the year. In addition, it showcased how well the course is being taught online and how adaptable our apprentices are when using the different platforms.

“It also provides a superb opportunity to embed the Chartered Manager Institute’s standards which are essential to our apprentices’ learning and education.”

“We are very keen to work with other businesses and can provide insightful and detailed recommendations. We look forward to hearing from any companies who would like us to review their operations.”

Work with our degree apprentices

If you’d like to work with our degree apprentices and bring their expertise to your business, contact Becky Quew-Jones by email at becky.quew-jones@port.ac.uk.

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