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Business Administration Apprentice Madison Evans says being an apprentice at specialist canine security company, Global Support Services, has turned her life around. After completing one year at a local college, Madison knew continuing in full-time education just wasn’t for her. Madison said: “I found it too stressful trying to juggle full-time education, a job and a social life. An apprenticeship intrigued me as I thought by combining learning and working, it would alleviate some of the pressure. I now get paid a good wage and am gaining a qualification at the same time.”
Advanced Electrical Engineering Apprentice George Warner works as a Junior Project Manager for Heat Trace, one of the world’s leading suppliers of electric heat tracing equipment.
A previous Neston High School student, George finished school and immediately began an apprenticeship at Heat Trace in Helsby. As part of his apprenticeship, George completed his BTEC Level 3 in General Engineering and is now studying for a HNC in Electrical Engineering. George said: “That’s one of the great things about working as an apprentice for Heat Trace, they’re very keen for me to continue my education and develop my skill set."
Advanced Business Administration apprentice Alyce Cross works as a Purchasing Admin Assistant at commercial wood flooring specialist Ted Todd. Alyce said: “I wanted to do an apprenticeship because I was keen to start from scratch in a job and work my way up.
“At Ted Todd, everyone is understanding of my training and tries to help with my learning. That’s one of the benefits of being an apprentice, there’s not lots of pressure on me to understand things straight away.”
Childcare Apprentice Sophie Bland says the best thing about her apprenticeship at Bruche Primary School is how dynamic the role is. Sophie declared: “I absolutely love my apprenticeship! Every day is different. I’ve met lots of new people and have built wonderful relationships with the staff and children.”
Speaking on Sophie’s appointment, Deputy Head teacher of Bruche Primary School, Mrs Gemma Callaghan, said: “First-hand, practical experience is crucial in the education and childcare sector, and apprenticeships are an excellent way of training on the job. It ensures the correct balance of practice and theory, giving each student a holistic view.”
Business Administration Apprentice Jack Sherwood has been working at Today Team Courier Services for just over a year, after finishing college with three A Levels.
Jack said: “I wasn’t sure what career pathway to take but I knew I wanted to get some real work experience, start earning money and continue my education. I applied for an apprenticeship through Warrington & Vale Royal College and they secured me an interview with Today Team. It’s a fantastic company to work for, they really invest in their staff.”
Engineering manufacturing apprentice Callum said: “I absolutely love my apprenticeship with Tiger Trailers. I was originally doing a full time engineering course at college but I wanted to get more hands on experience, and this apprenticeship is giving me the skills and knowledge I need for the future. An apprenticeship gives you a sense of purpose. You know that when you get up on a morning, there is a job there for you to do and it gives you the practical experience you need for industry.”
Firefighter and community safety apprentice Hannah said: “Completing an apprenticeship with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service gives me the opportunity to work with people from every department in the Service and gives me a greater understanding of how it operates.”
Software developer apprentice Ryan recently returned from an all-expenses paid trip to Miami, where he received the prestigious ‘Make the World’ award and $10,000 in Stanley Black & Decker shares, in recognition of his hard work. He has been given a permanent position at Stanley.
He said: "An apprenticeship works for me because I'm building software systems for a multibillion-pound organisation, travelling the world and living my dream."
ILM level 5 apprentice Andy said: "An apprenticeship has given me a career so far. My initial apprenticeship gave me the foundations to then move on to become a technician, get qualified and become a team leader. I think the apprenticeship will help me massively. Even in the first month I feel like I’m already getting a lot out of it. It is going to be massive for my career. An apprenticeship works for me because it allows me to continue with my job whilst attending college, giving me the tools and techniques to use in my job role.”
Firefighter and community safety apprentice Josh said: “It’s an amazing experience so far. I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter and this apprenticeship seemed like the perfect way for me to do that. I get to do hands-on training and gain good practical experience as part of my apprenticeship, which will enable me to accomplish my dream of becoming a firefighter.”
Engineering manufacturing apprentice Ben said: “An apprenticeship works for me because it allows me to gain the practical skills I need to succeed in engineering, whilst earning a weekly wage at the same time. You’re going to be working all your life and so an apprenticeship gives you that experience and puts you in the right mindset for work.”
Warehousing & storage apprentice Aidan said: “I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to go into the supply line but in order to do that you have to work your way up. What I’m doing here and learning during my apprenticeship will help me to get to that next level. I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to further myself and to prove to people that I can do things to the best of my ability and reach where I want to be. “I’m really enjoying working at Miers, everyone is great and they’ve given me so much responsibility. Having that trust placed in me by Jon and the team to look after customers makes me feel like I’m worth something.”
Engineering manufacturing apprentice Ryan said: "An apprenticeship was the right choice for me because it meant that I was able to earn a wage at the same time as I was learning.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Tiger Trailers and it was great to be named Apprentice of the Year as it was recognition of the work I’ve put in. I have learned so much during my apprenticeship and have developed as a person – I’m now working a lot more independently than I was at the beginning.”
Accounts apprentice Dan said: “An apprenticeship was the best route for me, as I already knew that I wanted to be an accountant. I feel that I have a competitive advantage over my peers because of my experience so far. I’m learning each day, and the AAT qualification I will achieve through my apprenticeship will help me to become an accountant.”
Finance manager Mark Pearce said: “Our three apprentices perform invaluable roles in helping us meet the finance needs of Warrington & Vale Royal College. At the same time, they are gaining experience, which helps them with their studies and future career paths.”
Former business administration apprentice Sarah has been taken on permanently at Rock Oil.
Michele Walker, Sales Officer Manager at Rock Oil, said: “Sarah goes from strength to strength and takes everything in her stride, relishing any challenge thrown at her. It has been an absolute pleasure to see Sarah grow in confidence. She is a valued and popular member of the Rock Oil team and she contributes significantly to the efficient and smooth running of the sales office. She is a great asset to the company!”
Hairdressing apprentice Emily said: “An apprenticeship is giving me the experience of what it’s like to work in a busy salon environment in the real world. Every day is completely different and I get to meet so many different people, which is helping me to improve my people skills as well as my hairdressing skills. I chose an apprenticeship because it challenges you and allows you to express yourself. You get thrown into the deep end but that’s good because it gives you that push to reach your full potential.”