I heart my apprenticeship because...

“What are your best bits of your apprenticeship?” That’s what we asked a whole bunch of folk who’ve loved their apprenticeships, and their answers will fill you with a warm glow!

“I won the National Apprentice of the Year award!” Interserve engineering apprentice Louis Atherton (19) was thrilled to finish his apprenticeship and start his HNC qualification, and also got to work on the high-profile Evap D project. Being made National Apprentice of the Year (2011) was just the icing on the cake!

“I was lucky enough to assist [the Network Rail air operations unit] over the Paralympics” Network Rail engineering apprentice Emma Taylor left school with GCSEs and studied IT at college. After impressing bosses in her Network Rail engineering apprenticeship, Emma graduated from the scheme to become an “eye in the sky”, riding helicopters to take photos of the UK from the air!

“I feel more inspired here than I ever did at school” CGI IT apprentice Aaron Thomas (17) heard about CGI advertising its apprenticeships on Spotify and hasn’t looked back! He says he feels more inspired by the apprenticeships than he ever did at school because he’s getting industry qualifications and putting his learning straight into practice.

“I’m a massive EastEnders fan and am able to find out what’s going to happen on set” Hertfordshire County Council business apprentice Sus-san Lavety (21) got a BTEC in childcare and A-levels in psychology and English. Now she works in a team to support young people in education, work... and even when they perform on TV and screen! Her job includes handling the EastEnders performance licences and even visiting TV studios.

“I get to experience all areas of the business... and increase my knowledge while getting paid!” Siemens engineering apprentice Ashleigh Summer (18) looked for apprenticeships after completing A-levels in maths, physics and product design. She loved being able to spend two days a week learning how to become an engineer, then the rest of the week putting it into action. “The culture at Siemens is like one big family,” says Ashleigh.

“I’ve grown a lot in confidence since I first started” Costain ex-apprentice Emily Kingsbury now supports other apprentices in Costain’s training department. She loves helping people with their careers! She found the friendly work atmosphere and the mentoring she got to be really useful in building her skills and confidence.

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