1. ITV Report

North West business leaders offer advice for National Apprentice Week

North West business leaders have revealed what advice they would give to their 17-year-old selves as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The entrepreneurs are part of the advisory panel at The Juice Academy, the UK’s first industry-led social media apprenticeship.

Then and now - William Lees-Jones at 17 and present day

“Get as much work experience in as many different businesses that you can. Work out what you want to do as a career but then take a gap year as a ski bum.

"When you get back go to education, keep trying new things before landing a job in your chosen sector then work your socks off to become the best in your field.”

– William Lees-Jones, managing director, JW Lees brewery in Middleton
Then and now - Amanda Coleman at 17 and present day

“I would say hold onto your dreams and keep your goal in sight, because with some determination and commitment, you can get there.

"Don't listen to those that try to take you off course or knock your confidence. Oh and probably ditch the big hair… but then again, it was the 1980s!”

– Amanda Coleman, head of corporate communications, Greater Manchester Police
Then and Now - Sandy Lindsay at 17 and present day

If I met myself at 17 I'd say: ‘Stop worrying about everything so much! If you're lying awake at night, working yourself up into a lather about something – which I did at that age all the time – think to yourself: what's the worst that could happen?

Then work through the scenario and you'll realise it's really not that bad. And, as you get more experience - yes, OK, turn into an old codger like me- you'll also realise that the thing you're worried about now, you probably won't even remember next week - honest!’

– Sandy Lindsay, MD of Manchester-based Tangerine PR
Then and now - David Parr at 17 and present day

“The point of getting out of life what you put in really strikes me as important when I look back at myself when I was 17 compared to my 32-year-old self now. It's not just in business or my career, but pretty much everything I've experienced in life.

For example, I can count numerous times when I was 17 and playing football, where I would basically 'goal hand' and wait for the ball to come to me instead of running around the pitch trying to get the ball for myself to make something happen. Guess what – the ball rarely comes!”

– David Parr, relationship director, Barclays in Manchester
Then and now - Naomi Timperley at 17 and present day

“Do you know what? I’m not sure I would have told myself to do anything different than I did at 17. I truly believe that all the experiences that I have had throughout my career and life have led me to the path that I am on now.

"If there was to be one or two things, it would be that I wish I had kept up the running and been more attentive in English!”

– Naomi Timperley, director, Enterprise Lab