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Climb the career ladder with an Apprenticeship

May 31, 2012

West Cheshire College is supporting a recent survey (released 15 May 2012) that shows an Apprenticeship can help you climb the career ladder, improve career prospects and increase your salary.

The survey, by the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills, spoke to 5,000 Apprentices and found that a third of them climbed the career ladder as soon as they finished their training and eight out of 10 believed it improved their career prospects.

Laura Jones, 18, from Ellesmere Port, who has recently completed an Apprenticeship in business administration through West Cheshire College with Thornton Hall, was recently promoted to Wedding Planner at the four-star hotel.

Laura said: “Before starting the Apprenticeship, I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies at West Cheshire College. The College told me about the Apprenticeship and straight away I liked the idea as you get further qualifications as well as practical hands-on experience.

“I started my Apprenticeship in the sales office and when the wedding planner went on maternity leave, I was asked to cover. Without taking the Apprenticeship I would never have been given this opportunity. It has now made me reconsider my career goals and after the Apprenticeship I hope to stay working in event planning at the hotel.”

The survey also found that nearly two-thirds of Apprentices got a pay increase as soon as they qualified compared to less than a third of existing employees who had taken an alternate route and 87% strongly agreed that they are more confident about their own abilities as a result of undertaking the Apprenticeship.

The survey also found that nearly half (47%) of employers had already recommended Apprenticeships to other employers.

Geoff Dale, General Manager of Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa, said: “A key benefit of the Apprenticeship scheme is to enable you to keep developing a skilled work force and build a strong future. We recognise the value of Apprenticeships to our business and it is important to give young people a chance and Apprenticeships offer them a good outlook for their future.”

West Cheshire College offers Apprenticeships in a wide range of industries including hospitality, marketing, engineering, business administration, digital media, accountancy and motor vehicle.

Helen Nellist, Vice Principal at West Cheshire College, said: “We support hundreds of Apprentices every year and we also appoint our own Apprentices who have key roles within the College. We have many success stories of Apprentices who go onto forge successful careers and it’s great that this survey recognises this.”

For more information call the Apprenticeship hotline on 01244 656 460 or visit


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