Former learners talk about their apprenticeship experiences

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, two former apprentices and current council employees have talked about the positives from studying whilst in work, and how completing an apprenticeship through Training 2000 has benefitted them in their careers so far.

Henry Clark, who was named Apprentice of the Year in the Business Services Category at last years’ Group Training Association’s annual conference, was positive about the apprenticeship experience.

Henry said: “Starting at Training 2000 straight from school and gaining on-the-job experience really helped me progress through my career and prepared me for the future.”

Successfully completing his apprenticeship over a year ago, Henry is currently studying Level 4 in Business and Administration at the training provider’s Blackburn centre.

Working as part of the Growth and Prosperity team at the local authority, Henry’s line manager has direct experience of starting a public sector career through an apprenticeship – completing his at Training 2000 over 10 years ago.

Matthew Sidgreaves is the Business Liaison Manager at Blackburn with Darwen Council and gained his NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Business Administration after first joining the local authority as an apprentice. Most recently, Matthew graduated with Merit from the University of Central Lancashire after completing a part time Masters in Business Administration.

Recommending the apprenticeship route to young people looking to start the journey towards their future career, Matthew highlighted the importance of developing skills within the workplace at the same time as through additional qualifications: “Employers, now more than ever, require young people to have real work experience and related qualifications.”

Matthew added: “As someone who started off as an apprentice myself, it is fantastic that we have been able to grow our council team through hiring young people who bring in fresh ideas – helping them develop and grow.

Henry really made an impact throughout his apprenticeship – making a real difference within our team”.

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