IT doesn’t matter what age you are, an apprenticeship could be the answer if you’re looking to progress your career aspirations.
With around 800 apprentices training in the area, it’s a popular choice for people to enter the world of work.
Here are just a few of the comments made by local apprentices who have been happy to say why and how the training worked for them.
Apprenticeship training is the right medicine for go-getter Nick Wilson.
The 24-year-old has seen his life turn around. Earlier this year he was diagnosed as suffering from Aspergers Syndrome, but landed a business administration apprenticeship with autism support charity The Main Project just a week later.
He is now completing his apprenticeship at Redcar and Cleveland College.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given this apprenticeship – already it has made such a difference to my life,” said Nick. “I am being given the responsibility and creative freedom to really get the most out of my position. My job here involves supporting both the management and enterprise teams with administration and events, but I also go to training and family support events to speak about what it is like to live with Aspergers and how I deal with it.
“It is a great opportunity that I never thought I would have and I am enjoying every minute of both work and being back in a classroom again.”
Anna Taylor, Chief Executive at The Main Project, said the charity decided to get involved in the apprenticeship campaign after receiving additional funding from the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership and from Routes to Employment.
She said: “We have only great things to say about the Apprenticeship programme because it has worked extremely well for us. The Main Project is all about supporting people back into work and apprenticeships are one very good option.
“Nick is doing tremendously well with us. He is creative, very hard working and diligent, and is a joy to work with. We are supporting him as he learns to deal with Aspergers, but he is also in a position to bring a great deal to us.”
The North Yorkshire Coast Apprenticeship Challenge has seen 18-year-old Natalie Harrison swap her retail job for a career in business administration and HR.
Miss Harrison, who is working at Yorkshire Coast College, while studying for an NVQ, said: “After I finished school I didn’t want to go to university so I got a job in a shop.
“Now I feel I am getting my career on track, getting experience in a working environment, earning money, and getting my qualifications.”
Specialist Cars of Malton has grown to become one of Europe’s premier porsche specialists with its apprentices proving a strong driving force.
The company is currently training two apprentices through day-release programmes with Yorkshire Coast College and also has two previous apprentices currently working for the company.
Managing Director John Hawkins said: “I feel that apprenticeships prove valuable and useful to both a business and the apprentice in many ways.
“Learning through the scheme an apprentice gains real hands-on experience in the world of work, and a business gets enthusiastic young people willing to work hard to get where they want to be.”
As well as working with supercars, the apprentices said there were other benefits to the training.
Tom, 21, who is doing an apprenticeship in motor bodywork said: “I like the opportunity to learn the trade from someone experienced.”
Business administration apprentice Lawrence Risi, 17, said: “I enjoy being able to get a qualification whilst earning and experiencing the different aspects of the business.”
21-year-old Corby Kemp is styling her way to success through her apprenticeship.
She recently completed apprenticeship training at The Academy hair and beauty, Malton and is now a fully qualified hairdresser and working at Hair by Helena in Scarborough.
Miss Kemp has been developing her skills in the salon whilst studying toward her NVQ 3. Earlier this year she went through to the national finals of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists Competition where she was awarded The Academy Competition Student of the Year 2011.
Miss Kemp said: “I think an apprenticeship has workedfor me because it develops people skills, and you get paid whilst learning plus I have been able to build up my clientele in the salon.
“The Academy is a specialist hair and beauty college so it is smaller than a bigger college. You get individual attention so I have learned a lot and everyone is nice and friendly.”
The Academy hair & beauty is opening a new training centre in Scarborough this September.