04/03/2013 by mcma
Richard Nash of the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and Sophie Etheridge, an apprentice with Bowser Supply, gave an informative and illuminating presentation on Apprenticeships to a group of interested Year 10 students. The pupils were eager to listen to the information and asked many questions.
Apprenticeships, Richard explained are open to anyone over 16 and lead to nationally recognised qualifications. They offer a really good, structured start to a career and are a sound alternative to the traditional route of studying A Levels and a degree. In fact apprenticeships are available at 3 levels; intermediate, advanced and higher. The Year 10s found out that you can do an apprenticeship in over 200 different areas from accountancy to veterinary nursing.
To bring the message home to the pupils, Sophie Etheridge who has just completed her own apprenticeship in Business and Administration gave a compelling account of her own journey from school leaver to confident employee with aspirations to move into management. Sophie, an Apprenticeship Ambassador, highlighted the importance of work based training in developing the key skills for success.
The Year 10 students were also given an introduction to the http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk website and found out how they can start applying for apprenticeship vacancies online.