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As National Apprenticeship Week (March 5 to 9) is in full swing, our apprentice, Sam Barker is singing the praises of learning while he is earning.

Sam has been an apprentice at Taylor Made for 9 months. Taylor Made tend to take on around two new apprentices every year and help train them on-the-job.

Sam, 16, said: “An apprenticeship is a great way to learn whilst on the job. For me personally this is the best way to learn. Each and every day you are putting into practice what you are learning for your exams. It’s good to be surrounded by older people who have been doing the job for years. I learn a lot from them every day, like how they resolve problems and take different approaches to things. I always take note of what they’re doing.”

Sam hopes to encourage more young people to consider an apprenticeship as an alternative to the traditional A level and university route by spreading the word.

He adds: “When I have to study for my exams I will go somewhere quiet like one of our meeting rooms, I will also revise either at my desk or in the break out room.”

Nigel Taylor, Taylor Made’s managing director, said: “We’re immensely proud of Sam. Apprenticeships aren’t just great for young people – they’re great for businesses too. Taking on apprentices has helped us to nurture a new generation of IT experts and teach them the way we work.”

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