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Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly common way into work, with young people gaining qualifications while they earn.

In light of the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week we would like to celebrate the positive impact of our apprentices

Taylor Made Apprentices

  • Alicia Buckland started as a Business Administration Apprentice and has recently been promoted to Marketing Assistant.
  • Declan Rounthwaite started as a Service Desk Apprentice and is now working as a Managed Services Engineer.
  • Toby Williams started as a Workshop Apprentice and is now working as a First Line ServiceDesk Engineer
  • Daniel Terry started as a Service Desk Apprentice and is now working as a First Line ServiceDesk Engineer
  • Guy Boyland has successfully completed his Workshop Apprenticeship.

According to government figures, the number of individuals choosing an apprenticeship is on the rise.

Apprenticeship participation rose 3.2per cent in 2015/16 academic year, taking it to the highest level on record.

Nigel Taylor, Managing Director from Taylor Made, says “Young people seem to be much more clued up on various pathways open to them these days and that’s great news.

“We get a lot of calls from school-leavers and their parents asking if we have any apprenticeship vacancies.

“They know that with an apprenticeship they have a much more hands-on learning experience compared to traditional A-Levels, plus the added bonus of earning while they’re learning.”

 Question time with Alicia

Alicia Buckland, 19 has just secured herself a full-time job as a Marketing Assistant after completing a Business Administration Apprenticeship.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

I wanted to get straight on and learn about the job by doing it rather than going to college and doing standard A levels.

How long did your apprenticeship take?

My apprenticeship took 13 months to complete. During that time I did the majority of my learning at Taylor Made and some additional training and exams with PETA in Portsmouth.

What was it like balancing studying with working?

I didn’t think it was too difficult. I would block out some time during the day to complete the studying I had to do and Taylor Made were great with letting me do some of my assignments during work time when I wasn’t busy.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship and if so, why?

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to people who were thinking of doing one, it was the best decision I could have made over going to college. I learnt so much more than I ever thought I would and working with the most amazing people at Taylor Made definitely made this worthwhile.

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