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Successful Local Apprenticeships

Below are profiles of successful apprentices in Plymouth that show the range in both sectors and positions that are available.

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"The vocational route was much more suited to me and I started work as an Apprentice Training Building Surveyor after completing my A Levels. My employer Bailey Partnership has supported me through my ongoing studies and I am now in my final year of a Degree in Building Surveying which I have completed part time whilst still working with them."
Elena, 23
Assistant Building Surveyor
Bailey Partnership

"I studied at College to get my first qualification in Professional Cookery and had some work experience, but decided to go for the Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 when I joined the Dolphin House Brazzerie. Joining the team here has really expanded my knowledge and skill development. I would thoroughly recommend doing an Apprenticeship"
Ian, 23
Chef, Dolphin Brazzerie
“I started my IT Apprenticeship with BluescreenIT as an IT Technician two years ago after I had left school and joined college. It has been a real experience for me, I have seen and learnt real world problems and solutions with real on the job training.

I am currently completing additional training for CompTIA Network and Cisco CCNA which will help me progress further in my career.” 
Mike - IT Technician, BluescreenIT

 "I first joined MGB as a stop gap between completing my A Levels and going to University, and was employed as a signalling installer working in production. However, I enjoyed the job so much I decided to stay. By joining the Design Apprenticeship Scheme I am now able to continue in higher education whilst learning the job I enjoy."
Rebecca, 19 - Apprentice Signalling Design Engineer at MGB
"I joined NJC Tree Services as an apprentice trainee arborist after completing my GCSEs.  I have found this pathway very productive, I have received excellent training and I am quickly getting NPTC accreditation.  I have enjoyed the balance between training and on site work experience.  I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship".
Jack, 16 - Trainee Arborist
NJC Tree Services
Ellie, 20
Sales and Services Advisor
Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital
"I became a Customer Service Apprentice at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital in September 2014 at the age of 19.  As soon as I saw this role advertised it automatically caught my eye as it sounded like a fantastic opportunity.  I have always been passionate about customer service and was eager to get hands on experience in the work place.  Throughout my apprenticeship I gained the skills, knowledge and qualifications to further my career with The Nuffield and am now settled into my permanent role as a Sales and Services Advisor.  I aim to continue learning and growing to achieve my goals".
See what some of our members and their apprentices say about their experiences

"I joined Plessey Semiconductors after completing my AS levels on a four year Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering. Since completing my Apprenticeship, my company has supported me to go on and study for a Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Plymouth University. I am currently employed as a Shift Equipment Technician and hope to gain full engineer status in September 2015."
Adam, 21 - Shift Equipment Technician, Plessey Semiconductors
"On completion of a Level Three Diploma in Business I made the decision to pursue a career in Finance. I was grateful to gain employment as a Finance Assistant Apprentice at Plymouth City Council and begin studying towards gaining an AAT Qualification. I thoroughly enjoy the combination of studying and working and with the backing and support of my employer I aim to achieve my ambition of becoming a Chartered Accountant"
Beckie, 19 - Finance Assistant Apprentice, Plymouth City Council 
"I joined Bailey Partnership as an Apprentice Trainee Architectural Technician after completing my GCSEs. The company supported me to gain additional qualifications which has enabled me to progress onto the BA Architecture degree at Plymouth University. My future ambition is to continue to study to become a Chartered Architect."
Chris, 22
Architectural Assistant
Bailey Partnership

Gemma.png "Childcare is a career path in which experience is very important, by completing the Early Years Educator Level 3 as an apprentice I have had a real hands on experience.  Personally, this was the best decision for my studies as the staff and my employer at Keystone Nursery are just as supportive and enthusiastic as my training provider.  By learning on the job, as well as in monthly training sessions I believe I am gettng the most out of this qualification, which will support me in my future.
Gemma, 18
Nursery Assistant
Keystone Nursery
"I chose an apprenticeship after deciding that the academic route wasn't the best for me and I enrolled on a Business Administration Apprenticeship with Plymouth City Council's Economic Development Team.  The vocational route has enabled me to demonstrate by skills and potential to my employer and this in turn unlocked new opportunities for me to progress.  I am now a permanent employee within the team and am involved with and manage a number of different initiatives including the 1000 Club which means I am able to help more people understand and benefit from apprenticeships". David.pngDavid, 26 - Business Administrator
Plymouth City Council
a.png "The Apprenticeship is a great way of structuring my learning, while earning money straight away at the same time.  In the future I hope to start my own business, or use the UCAS points from my completed Apprenticeship to go to university to study higher electronics".

Charlie, 20 - Electrical Services Apprentices
Rowe Electrical, Plymouth
"I didn't know what I wanted to do when I left school after my GCSEs but a lot of my friends were going into construction so I just followed their lead.  I was on Job Seekers Allowance looking for work and after securing an 8 week work experience brick laying placement through Kier, I was referred to J&D Bricklaying who gave me a fantastic chance to try out the trade.  After successfully completing this placement, the company offered me an apprenticeship which I started in September 2014 and am now working towards completing my Level 2 this year. b.png
Faye, 23 - Bricklayer Apprentice
J&D Bricklaying Contractors

I feel so much more skilled and experienced through working on site and know that this apprenticeship experience has enabled me to learn so much more than just studying at college.  Once qualified I plan to go self-employed and continue to work with J&D Bricklaying."

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