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Themis Apprentices get opportunity to grill Burnley College boss about finances

Eager Themis Apprentices from a wide variety of industries have been quizzing the Director of Finance and Resources at Burnley College.

It’s part of a project which sees Apprentices learn more about how their employers have been impacted by the global financial situation and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Stuart Arnfield is in charge of planning, controlling and evaluating the multi-million-pound budget it takes to keep Burnley College the number 1 college in England*.

The room full of Advanced Business Administration Apprentices fired a whole host of questions at him.

Matthew Hanley, who works for Belvoir Lettings had multiple insightful questions about wages, pay rises and future plans.

Luke Watmough, and employee at Financial Affairs Ltd was particularly passionate about how Themis could ensure the quality of training didn’t diminish as costs increased.

Stuart says they certainly kept him on his toes:

“I was delighted to see so much passion and so much interest from our Apprentices in everything economic.

“The decisions which people, like politicians, and like me, are making every single day will shape their future – so it’s essential they know what’s going on – and make their voices heard.

“It was great to be able to reassure them that while times are tough and the College is facing increasing costs, we’re prepared and have made clear plans for the future.

“Most importantly, the standard of training and the investment in brand-new equipment our Apprentices have come to expect here at Burnley College will not be changing.


“We’re in it for the long run – and listening to the insight and passion our Apprentices have, they are too.”

Stuart Arnfield

Director of Finance and Resources, Burnley College

Are you business minded? Do you keep your eye on the economy? Would you like to be involved with ensuring businesses in Lancashire stay ahead of the curve? Be a Themis Business Administrator Apprentice. Learn more here.