National Apprenticeship Week: Climb the first ladder of opportunity with an apprenticeship at Warrington Collegiate

Warrington Collegiate is shining the spotlight on apprenticeships this week.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday 6th March to Friday 10th March. The week aims to demonstrate the many benefits that apprenticeships can bring to both learners and employers.

The week also aims to raise awareness and encourage more employers to take on apprentices and individuals to choose an apprenticeship as a route to their dream career.

Warrington Collegiate is a proud provider of apprenticeships in a number of areas including accounting, business administration, construction, hairdressing, engineering, pharmacy, plumbing and warehousing.

An apprenticeship is not just a job, it’s a career, and with 90% of apprentices staying in employment – 71% with the same employer – after completing their apprenticeship, plus the added bonus of earning while you learn, there has been no better time to start your journey!

Each day this week, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a successful apprentice and showing what an apprenticeship can do for you…

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Today, the spotlight is on Tilly Dobbin and Jaime Lee Wright.

Former apprentices Jaime Lee Wright and Tilly Dobbin are celebrating after securing permanent positions with their employer after completing their apprenticeships.

Both Jaime and Tilly completed their Level 2 Business Administration qualifications while working at Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). They have since been given full time positions with the company and hope to progress onto their level 3 qualification in the future.

During her apprenticeship, Jaime dealt with primary care and worked closely with GPs, arranging meetings, taking minutes and engaging with the public.

Tilly looked after arranging meetings for the Children and Young Persons team, worked with the communications team and planned events.

Both are now working as PAs within the organisation and are among the 90% of apprentices who stay in employment.

Jaime said: “An apprenticeship was completely the right choice for me as opposed to going to university to study. The qualifications you get by doing an apprenticeship made it an easy choice for me. Doing an apprenticeship allows you to start your career early. Completing an apprenticeship allowed me to earn money whilst learning and developing skills and confidence.

“I can’t believe how much I have learned in just a year and that’s through the help of the college and the support from my colleagues at Warrington CCG. I don’t see this as a job, I see it as a career. I would encourage all young people to get an apprenticeship in something that they are interested in as you really can achieve great things.”

Tilly also believes going down the apprenticeship route was the right decision.

She said: “The apprenticeship helped me to understand how businesses work, as well as improving my skill set, helping me to quickly improve my own quality of work.

“Being able to study with the help from our tutor, Jill, made things so much clearer and straightforward. I also can’t thank the staff at Warrington CCG enough for the support and encouragement they gave both Jaime Lee and I throughout the course.

“Being able to complete an apprenticeship helps to tackle that issue of getting a job where you need both experience and qualifications, something that is hard to achieve otherwise, and I would recommend anyone who is debating undertaking an apprenticeship to give it a go.”

Tilly added: “We both feel like valued members of the team with our responsibilities increasing rapidly. I love it here, so I can’t thank the Collegiate enough for offering us the opportunity to work and learn!”

Tomorrow we’ll be shining the spotlight on warehousing & storage apprentice Aidan Williams.

Until then, check out our fantastic range of apprenticeship vacancies.