Scott Jardine Scott Jardine Engineering Apprentice at Rotork

Scott Jardine

Engineering Apprentice at Rotork

“My apprenticeship has given me a route into the career I wanted. I didn’t think it was possible before, but now I can see what I want to do for the rest of my working life.

Doing an apprenticeship is also a fun way to study. There’s a lot of pressure, but you’re not sat in a classroom all the time. I like working at the same time as studying, it helps you apply what you’ve learnt.”

Bobbie Clark

Business Administration apprentice at Curo

“You learn on the job much faster in an apprenticeship and it’s better than I expected. Some people said ‘you’re going to make lots of cups of tea as an apprentice’ but I haven’t had to do that. I have my own projects so I’m quite independent, my manager treats me as another member of staff. I manage my own workload and my own diary – I enjoy the independence.”

Brett Burnell Brett Burnell Stonemasonry appretice at St Fagan’s Open Air Museum, Cardiff

Brett Burnell

Stonemasonry appretice at St Fagan’s Open Air Museum, Cardiff

“As a 37-year-old man with family and bills to pay, going back to college seemed almost impossible. The apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to keep earning and gain the qualifications I need to further my career and better myself. It’s hard work but it’s worth it.”

Liz Doughty

Veterinary Care apprentice at Bath Vet Group

“My apprenticeship has given me a route into the career I wanted. I didn’t think it was possible before, but now I can see what I want to do for the rest of my working life.   Doing an apprenticeship is also a fun way to study. There’s a lot of pressure, but you’re not sat in a classroom all the time. I like working at the same time as studying, it helps you apply what you’ve learnt.”

Oliver Horler Oliver Horler Vehicle Maintenance apprentice at TG Autocentre

Oliver Horler

Vehicle Maintenance apprentice at TG Autocentre

“An apprenticeship is a great idea for someone who wants to start working and move on from school, especially if you know what you want to do when you’re older. A lot of people my age don’t know what they want to do, I didn’t for a while either, but being an apprentice makes you feel relevant, it makes you feel part of something.

 

I didn’t really know much about cars before I started my apprenticeship, but I really enjoy taking things apart and seeing how they work. I’m in my comfort zone with this type of work and have learned so much in the past seven months – more than I thought I would!

 

Recently, I’ve been learning how to diagnose problems with cars and it’s taken me to the next level in my apprenticeship. It’s very interesting finding out how to find the problem and how to rectify it. A bonus with working at my garage is that my boss deals a lot with rally cars, so I get to see a different side of motor mechanics.”

Sophie Coupe

Hairdressing apprentice at B Hairdressing

“I have loved hairdressing ever since I was young – I like making people feel a million dollars.

 

I’m glad I chose an apprenticeship because it’s hands-on. For my GCSEs, I did well in the creative subjects but I had to work hard to achieve academically. You also learn things at work you don’t learn in college.

 

It’s tough but it’s about having the right attitude. You have to work the hours, but you’re earning money at the same time. No matter how hard it is, you know that something good will come of it. I thrive on the fact that I am constantly improving.”