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Nick Vaughan, Business Administration Apprentice

Staffordshire joins National Apprenticeship Week celebrations

Staffordshire apprentices are joining in the celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week from 5 to 11 March 2018.

Tom Hassall, Beth Blake, Nick Vaughan and Liam Archer are four Staffordshire apprentices sharing their experiences as part of the annual celebrations now in their 11th year.

Beth Blake from Stafford is 22 years old and works in the County Council’s Legal Services Department. Beth, who has just completed her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration said:

“I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and working in the Deputyship Team. After completing my apprenticeship I was delighted to get a job as a caseworker. I didn’t really fancy the traditional A-levels into university route whereas learning on the job, getting hands on real life experience through an apprenticeship was perfect for me. I’m now in a job I love with good career prospects and I would definitely recommend apprenticeships for anyone looking to kick start their career.”

22-year-old Tom Hassall from Stone recently completed his level 2 apprenticeship in highways maintenance with Amey. Tom said:

“I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and now love my job.  I enjoy the type of work that I am doing and working outside so a job in highways maintenance is perfect for me and every day is different.  One of the best things about doing an apprenticeship is that it’s really hands on and you get paid at the same time.  I’d definitely encourage other young people to consider an apprenticeship.”

Nick Vaughan from South Staffordshire is 24 years old and is doing a level two in business administration with the County Council’s Children and Families service. Nick said:

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and the work I’m doing. I’ve been with the department for nine months now and feel I’m very much part of the team.  Every day is different and varied which means I’m learning a lot. I’m sure my apprenticeship and experience will be a great grounding for my career in working with children and families in the future.”

Philip White, Cabinet Support member for Learning and Employability at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Once again we are pleased to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week to celebrate the enormous success and achievements of all our apprentices.

“We have a fast growing economy in Staffordshire with a lot of highly skilled jobs available so there are great opportunities for people with the right training. It is good to see people choosing the apprenticeship route and enjoying the career and earning advantages an apprenticeship opens up.”

21-year-old Liam Archer from Stafford is studying for his Level 3 Advanced Business Administration qualification. Based in the Council’s Business Support Team, he supported several teams in different departments carrying out a range of admin duties.

Liam explained that he had thoroughly enjoyed his work based learning and said:

“I have gained vast experience in different areas of work whilst being an apprentice and always felt a valued member of the team. I would really recommend doing an apprenticeship as the scheme provides you with not just a qualification but also the relevant experience you need to secure a job.  It’s a great way to get you on the career ladder.”

Apprenticeships play a vital role in growing Staffordshire’s economy and last year over 9,000 people started an apprenticeship, which is doubled that of five years ago. Despite the increase, more apprenticeship opportunities are needed to meet the demand from young people who are keen to work and learn and take the first step to a good career. Higher level apprenticeships are especially needed to meet demand for progression opportunities.

The county will also be hosting it’s forth Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony which allows apprentices to graduate and puts apprenticeships on an equal footing with a university route to success.  The ceremony being held on Wednesday 18th July at the County Showground in Stafford will give people the chance to celebrate with their family and friends, as well as their training provider and employer.

People can find out more about apprenticeships at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships