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School leavers - have you thought of an Apprenticeship?

August 20, 2012

As hundreds of school leavers in Ellesmere Port and Chester await their GCSE results this week, West Cheshire College is encouraging young people to consider taking up an Apprenticeship.

Steven Hall completed his Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery and is starting an Apprenticeship with Spencer Dennis Joinery in September.

Jessica Young has secured a job with The Chester Grosvenor since completing a Hospitality and Catering Apprenticeship at West Cheshire College.

A recent 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.

Jessica Young, 19, from Chester, completed a Hospitality and Catering Apprenticeship in June and has since started a job at five star hotel, The Chester Grosvenor, as a hostess in the hotel’s Brassiere.

Jessica said: “During my Apprenticeship I worked at the College’s fine dining restaurant The Dining Room and my role included supervising students doing practical work in the restaurant, taking bookings and waiting on tables.

“I would definitely recommend for other people to do an Apprenticeship as you gain valuable experience whilst getting paid.

“Not only did the Apprenticeship give me the experience and skills to go straight into a full-time job, but the tutors have a lot of contacts in the industry.”

Steven Hall, 17, from Chester, studied Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery CAA Diploma and is progressing onto an Apprenticeship with Spencer Dennis Joinery in Chester in September.

Steven said: “Whilst I was studying at the College, the tutors helped me secure the Apprenticeship. I had a week’s trial with them which went well and I was offered the role.

“During the Apprenticeship I will work four days a week and come into College for one day to do theory work. I will have the best of both worlds – I’ll be learning, gaining work experience and getting paid at the same time.”

The College offers Apprenticeships in a variety of sectors including Accounting, Active Leisure Learning, Beauty Therapy, Brickwork, Business Administration, Carpentry & Joinery, Cleaning & Support Services, Contact Centre, Creative & Digital Media, Customer Service, Engineering, Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, IT, Painting & Decorating, Pharmacy, Retail, Supply Chain Management, Vehicle Maintenance and Warehousing & Storage.
For school leavers interested in finding more about Apprenticeships or full-time courses, the College is organising drop-in sessions Monday to Friday 1pm-4pm. To speak to a member of the College’s Information, Advice and Guidance team call 01244 656440.

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