This month, young people across the UK will have received their GCSE and A-Level results. After a turbulent 18 months (thanks Covid!), many youngsters will be starting a fresh new chapter; going onto further education, embarking on the workplace… or perhaps a bit of both with an apprenticeship.
Why choose the apprenticeship route?
Apprenticeships are becoming a popular route, thanks to the opportunity to learn on the job and develop vital professional skills, without falling into the pitfalls of student debt. According to research, in the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year (August 2020 to January 2021), there were 161,900 apprenticeship starts. Earning whilst learning is often cited as the biggest draw to an apprenticeship, plus earning a national recognised qualification such as NVQ, HNC, City & Guilds, BTEC, or City and Guilds award also looks great on the CV!
Introducing the WJL apprentice scheme
At WJL, we currently have 3 apprentices and are in the process of recruiting more throughout all areas of the business – including finance and workshop. Over the years, we’ve seen how the apprenticeship route has been positive for the business as well as the individual, with many apprentices going on to take full time roles within the company after their studies.
One such employee is Olivia. She came to us as an apprentice, studying for a Level 2 Business Administration qualification through Stoke on Trent College. 7 years later, after completing her studies Olivia is now an Estimator and a valuable part of our team.
Hear about her apprenticeship experience in the video below: