Moving On spoke with 2016 Apprentice Award winners Charlotte, Holly and Adam. Speaking to them, it was clear that they considered they had already won by choosing the apprenticeship route.
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Charlotte Blowers is now a full-time stylist at the Exceed Salon after completing an intermediate level hairdressing apprenticeship at Exceed Training Academy
based in Bradford, following completion of her GCSEs.
Charlotte is very happy with the route that she has taken into hairdressing. She has gained a Level 2 and a Level 3 NVQ in hairdressing and is now doing a Level 2 qualification in nail services.
The best bit? – According to Charlotte has been earning a wage whilst doing this. She also told us that she has learned valuable customer service skills that she doesn’t believe she could have gained had she chosen to study hairdressing as a full time course without access to the public.
As well as her role as a full-time stylist, Charlotte now also trains a group of 20 apprentices herself at the Exceed Training Academy and is passionate about passing on her knowledge and skills to the next generation.
Charlotte also goes into schools and attend careers days to promote the apprenticeship route as part of the Bradford Apprenticeship Hub.
Advanced Apprentice of the Year Adam Sharpe is a mechanical design engineer for Sellafield. Adam always loves science and technology and gained A-levels in maths, chemistry, biology and physics before deciding that he really wanted to escape full time classroom-based learning and get stuck in learning how to actually do the job.
Adam found advice and guidance poor, with sessions on UCAS and personal statement writing where he was left to entertain himself as he didn’t want to go to university. Four years later, Adam has completed his apprenticeship in design and drafting and has a Foundation Degree in Plant Mechanical Engineering. He is also doing a job that he loves and hopes to complete a full Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree with the support of his employer and gain chartered status. Here’s commitment for you – Adam moved 150 miles across the country and left home for the first time when he was offered his first choice of apprenticeship in mechanical design at Sellafield at just 18.
Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year Holly Broadhurst knew early on that she wanted to work in engineering, so she enrolled at the newly opened JCB Academy after she finished her GCSEs and she hasn’t looked back.
At the academy Holly studied for a Diploma in Engineering and was exposed to industry all the way through her programme working with big names in the engineering world on real life tasks which provided a context and purpose to her study.
Holly is now a design engineer for JCB and she told us that as a female, she has never felt out of place in the world of engineering. Holly has achieved a BEng hons Degree in Mechanical Engineering (sponsored by her employer) as well as an NVQ in Engineering Leadership and is on track to gain her chartership in the next few years.