Why Do An Apprenticeship

Anisa Miah, 18

Anisa is currently working for NYA on O2’s Think Big programme which is their corporate social responsibility programme. She has been carrying out her apprenticeship for 6 months as one of their business admin apprentices; her role covers many things such as day to day dealings with our young people, booking travel and accommodation, dealing with finances and so much more.

Oliver Ogilvie, 21

Ollie has had numerous different roles in The John Lewis Partnership. He started back as a supermarket Assistant in 2009 working a Friday night and Saturday. With his College course in Business and Finance in Bedford College not working out he decided to go back to his High School and started his A-levels. Unfortunately Ollie decided that this wasn’t the right move for him therefore left Sixth Form after four weeks. Ollie believes that this was his best decision for him and this freed up his time to fully focus on making a career from his Part Time work in Waitrose.

After 6 Months of his career Ollie had already become a full time Partner and a Team Leader for the branch. In this time Ollie had found his niche in developing his colleagues and wanted to develop this passion further. Following this Ollie helped open new branches in London, Buckinghamshire & Bedfordshire.

In 2011 Ollie was nominated for Management Training and worked in various roles in the Partnership until he settled at Waitrose Aylesbury as a Personnel Manager. Ollie stayed in this role for 9 months until he applied for his current role as a Regional Learning Facilitator in Personnel Systems for the whole John Lewis Partnership. Ollie has made his career through hard work, determination and drive. 

Lorna Hughes, 20

Business Administrator

After completing her A Levels in July 2012, Lorna was not certain on which career path she wanted to take. She believed going down an apprenticeship route was the best choice for her as she would continue to gain a qualification and gain skills that would be specific to a job role, which would help her progress further in her chosen career path. 

Lorna applied for various apprenticeships’ and eventually got a position in a Solicitor’s office as a Business Administrator. They put her through a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Business Administration which she studied whilst at work as well as once a week at college for eighteen months. Lorna has now advanced onto a better job role with more opportunities to progress and expand her qualifications and skills. 

Stuart Rigg, 21

Mechanical Design Technician For a Nuclear Decommissioning Company

Stuart is a Mechanical Design Technician for a Nuclear Decommissioning Company providing design support to plant operations in order to maintain safe operation. He started an apprenticeship after leaving GCSE’s at the age of 16, he progressed through a 5 year Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering provided by Gen 2 in conjunction with Sellafield Ltd. Throughout the apprenticeship he gained numerous qualifications. For example; NVQ Lvl 2, NVQ Lvl 3, Key Skills Lvl 2, Foundation Degree in Nuclear Related Technology (Design), National Certificate in Operations and Maintenance. Stuart is now currently progressing through the design hierarchy, aiming to become a Charted Engineer in a Responsible Engineering role and undertaking a Bachelor Degree (hons) in Mechanical Engineering with an intention to progress on to a Doctorate.

Amy Hutton, 23

Assistant Manager at Jack Wills. Oxford

Straight out of Sixth Form into a Business and Marketing Course at Nottingham Trent University. Amy struggled to find the course engaging and therefore slowly started to lose interest in University. However she decided to stay on until her placement year. After Amy’s placement year at Pirelli Tyres LTD she found that working while learning at the same time was far more stimulating than University. The financial gains also helped. At this point she decided not to continue with University and took up a BTEC Visual Merchandising course one day a week at college and worked in a similar field at both Jack Wills and All-Saints. Now her course has finished she is in the role of Assistant Manager at Jack Wills, with a plan to progress up the career ladder to Visual Mechanising.

Chester Gilpin, 17

Oxford College

Chester finished his GCSE's at the age of 16 but wasn't sure on whether A-levels were for him. He didn't feel he had any choice but to follow his friends to college or to get a job in retail and work his way up. Needless to say Chester went onto to do a Business Management with Tourism course at Oxford and Cherwell College. He currently isn't enjoying the course and wished he had an opportunity to learn in the workplace where he can develop skills. He feels that if a site such as AIM Apprenticeships had existed when he was deciding on what to do after GCSE's that he would have had the support and awareness he needed when it came to apprenticeships, helping him build his confidence in making the move into the workplace. He is currently looking into apprenticeships with AIM and hopes to find one in Business Administration.

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