Twenty four-year-old Matthew has made a major step forward in his career thanks to an Apprenticeship with Training 2000.
Beginning his Apprenticeship in Business Administration just weeks after his final GCSE exam at age 16, Matthew, from New Longton, Preston, has worked up the career ladder to a senior role at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
Working as a Development Officer in the Council’s Regeneration Department, Matthew said completing an Apprenticeship with Training 2000 gave him the work and life skills he felt he wouldn’t have gained going to University.
“I knew Training 2000 was a good provider so I was willing to travel further afield as I recognised the opportunities both they and the Council had to offer,” said Matthew.
“I feel the time I spent at Training 2000 gave me a good foundation which enabled me to move onto bigger things and progress my career.
“I completed my NVQ Level 2 and 3 over the course of two years. It gave me the motivation and ambition to carry on studying part-time whilst I worked my way up at the Council and I aspire to progress to managerial level.”
The Council has supported apprentices for many years, and has recently agreed to increase its commitment to Apprenticeship opportunities. Deputy chief executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Harry Catherall, is a former apprentice himself.
He added: “From personal experience, I know that an Apprenticeship provides a springboard into the world of work and enables individuals to progress in life and in their career. Employers, now more than ever, require employees to have real work experience coupled with related qualifications, which is essentially what an Apprenticeship provides.
“Matthew is a wonderful example of how an Apprenticeship is an alternative route into the world of work and we will always be supportive of apprentices.”
Matthew has completed a Certificate in Management Studies and Diploma in Project and Programme Management at college and is now studying a post graduate diploma in Management Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. He recently took part in an Apprenticeships jobs fair to spread awareness of Apprenticeships across the borough.
“An Apprenticeship with Training 2000 was the right choice for me. At the time, I was in the minority to choose an Apprenticeship, but it has provided a stepping stone for me to go onto studying at post-graduate level,” said Matthew.
“Whether you choose an Apprenticeship in Business Administration, Engineering or Automotive, you are still learning the key skills desired by an employer without the high costs of Higher Education study.”
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