Apprenticeships Case studies
Michaela, a level two apprentice in the Registration Service at Hampshire County Council, talks about how her apprenticeship has boosted her confidence and why she would recommend it as a career route to her friends. Michaela will be starting her level three apprenticeship this autumn.
Jonny started as an apprentice in April 2012.
I wanted to go down the working route and found the apprenticeship advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website. It looked like a perfect chance to develop and learn new skills, that would be useful now and in the future.
The Level Two Business Administration apprenticeship has been the perfect introduction to the working world for me, it has enabled me to combine work experience in different departments, whilst carrying on with my education.
The knowledge and skills I have gained in the last year is a testament to the County Council’s apprentice scheme and I’m grateful for the opportunity to develop so much in such an important stage of my life.
I hope that in the near future, apprenticeships will gain more recognition, as a very good option for anyone finishing secondary school and I hope my experience of the apprenticeship programme at the County Council will encourage others to think about the possibility of starting an apprenticeship.
Josh completed his three year vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeship in July 2013.
I'd always liked tinkering with stuff, working with cars and all sorts. I worked at a go-cart track and did a bit of mechanics there so I thought I'd go bigger and do an apprenticeship. It made sense to earn money while I learned, and you learn more doing it in a workshop than in a classroom.
What I really enjoyed about my apprenticeship was learning new skills. It's my hobby as well, so it’s been useful at home with my own cars. Going to college one day a week splits up the week and I got on with all the lads on the course and the lecturer. I'd say anyone who enjoys this kind of work should go for it.
I'm now in a permanent role with Hampshire Transport Management, working between two workshops. I'll be doing my minibus driving licence, then my HGV licence soon and in a year or so I'll be a class 4, 5 and 7 MOT tester.
Youth talent bank
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