• Meet the apprentices

    Last updated 07-09-2018

    Xavier Williams

    Xavier, 19, is an apprentice with Lloyds Banking Group, based in Birmingham.

    His ambition is to be a millionaire but it’s not all about the money for Xavier. Lloyds spotted Xavier’s entrepreneurial spirit early, offering him an apprenticeship and now he’s started his own business at 19. His message is one of confidence and strength:

    “You cannot afford to let anyone make your decisions for you. You have to be prepared to put in some hard work, always learn from others and try to better yourself. Don't wait for the opportunities to land at your feet... be a go-getter!”

    Lucy Sarginson

    Lucy, 19, from Whitley Bay, is proud to be one of Accenture’s degree level apprentices.

    Lucy personifies the notion that research and determination pay off. Having been knocked back by Accenture at 16 she kept going and is now in the first year of her degree apprenticeship in partnership with the University of Sunderland.

    Lucy says: “I love my job and it’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come. It has made me more confident.” Lucy is now in a position to inspire other young women into technology through her support for North East Digital Girls.

    Deanna Pearson

    Deanna, 22, works at Sellafield in Cumbria. Thanks to her apprenticeship she is now qualified in radiation protection. She enjoys the responsibility of working in a hazardous environment, maintaining safety at the nuclear facility. Deanna also enjoys the job security her apprenticeship has delivered for her and her daughter. Deanna says:

    “I’ve loved every minute. By doing something a little bit different I’ve landed an exciting job in a challenging and ever changing environment. I now can’t imagine working outside of the nuclear industry – I’m so genuinely interested in what I do and the work that is going on here, it makes me so excited for the rest of my career and the opportunities I am going to get here in the future.”

    Stefan Price

    Stefan is a social media apprentice. That means at 17 he gets paid to advise the likes of Nationwide and Dulux. Stefan says he never realised work could be such fun. He describes his office as like the ultimate bedroom – with its own foosball table, park area, bar and retro game machines. When asked to describe his apprenticeship, Stefan chooses life-changing, exciting and interesting.

    “The social media role stood out because of the huge career progression it could lead to – and it meant I could get paid to do something I was doing 24 hours a day anyway. I manage to get up early to travel to Ph. Creative in Liverpool without sleeping in, which is an achievement in itself for me!”

    Lucy Hignett

    Working at Boots is a family affair for Lucy, 18 from Nottingham. Her mum and granddad both worked for Boots for many years so she jumped at the chance of an apprenticeship with Boots’ Step In 2 Science programme.

    “I wanted to know and understand how products end up on the market and the necessary steps the formulations go through. The apprenticeship offered qualifications, real work experience and a salary whilst learning. For me it was an opportunity not to be missed.”

    Tamara Watson

    London based Tamara, 20, discovered apprenticeships by accident whilst looking for something to do in her gap year. After A levels, she’d originally planned to go to university. But that was before Tamara discovered she could get a degree with an apprenticeship.

    “The opportunity was one that I thought was too good to miss. With so many people going to university I thought having work experience as well as a degree would be really valuable in the future and hopefully give me an advantage when applying for jobs.”

    Working in the BBC, Tamara supports their Comedy Business Affairs team. This involves raising contracts for writers and talent, arranging payments and responding to agent queries.

    Chris Achiampong

    Chris, 21, from London, is in the first year of his apprenticeship at IBM in a sales role. He has had to learn a lot about technology really quickly to get into the world of IT.

    Chris believes that earning while he is learning on his apprenticeship has enabled him to help out financially at home.

    Chris said: “I've had the most amazing time since joining IBM, working with experienced colleagues, other apprentices and graduates, going out to visit clients. The education I've received alongside this has really helped my development and I've been able to put the learning straight into practice in my role. I'm really looking forward to taking on the IBM Global Sales School programme and developing my skills further, alongside a wide variety of graduate and experienced colleagues.”

    Maisie Beaton

    Maisie, 19, is a Level 3 apprentice in graphic illustration for Thales, which designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. Maisie helps to design brochures and posters for the business.

    She lives in Dorset with her parents who were open-minded about her doing an apprenticeship.

    Maisie said: “I have learned so much in only two years and have had so many great opportunities and experiences all thanks to my apprenticeship. Taking a leap of faith definitely pays off.

    “I have developed a focused career path and aspire to become a qualified Graphic Illustrator, studying a degree, whilst working with design teams around Thales, gaining experience and expanding my skillset.”

    Daisy Coombes

    Daisy, 19, is doing a higher apprenticeship in design engineering at the Cheadle JCB plant in the Compact Product Design Department. She joined in August 2014 and after her 4-year apprenticeship, she’ll have a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.

    She lives in Uttoxeter with another JCB apprentice she met in her second year, while her parents live in Macclesfield. She studied A-levels in Physics, Maths, Product Design, and Dance.

    Daisy said: “As a higher apprentice engineer I am doing high level work whilst gaining the same qualifications as I would if I’d gone to university full time, but with an income and no debt.”

    Jack Alexander

    Jack, 19, is in the first year of his apprenticeship with Essex based media company, Ginger Nut Media.

    Jack considered going down the university route but listened to his parents’ advice – they thought he might be better suited to an apprenticeship. It turned out for Jack that mum and dad really did know best.

    Jack always knew an IT career was for him and at college he got full marks in for his work. He researched Ginger Nut Media and found them to be a really genuine company to work for, somewhere he could build his passion for computers and make the transition from hobby to career.

    “I have always enjoyed working and playing with computers and it felt like a natural transition to try and make a career out of it. I felt an apprenticeship would be a good foot in the door and it’d allow me to get an idea of a possible career path.”

    Jack’s advice: “Don’t put yourself off from pursuing a career because you’re scared it won’t work out. If no one took risks, nothing would be done.”

    Sehar Nosrati

    After work experience with Blake Morgan in Southampton, 19 year old Sehar knew that an apprenticeship in law was right for her. Having been head girl at school, Sehar resisted pressure to stay on and she hasn’t looked back.

    After work experience with Blake Morgan in Southampton, 19 year old Sehar knew that an apprenticeship in law was right for her. Having been head girl at school, Sehar resisted pressure to stay on and she hasn’t looked back.

    On being an apprentice: “There are no limits to the opportunities available to you with an apprenticeship – you just need to be open to the opportunities that come your way. You shouldn’t be afraid of not being the best when you start because you learn to be the best.”

    Being the best is important to Sehar. She demonstrates that apprenticeships are about ambition. Having moved to the UK from Afghanistan Sehar wanted to work with legal experts in a profession she loves. Oh and she wants to buy shoes. Lots of shoes!

    Paige Flynn

    Leeds-based Paige says she made her family very proud when she made the jump to an apprenticeship with Premier Inn. Now aged 20, Paige feels she has really landed on her feet enjoying a great sense of family within her new team too. Paige says:

    “The best part of my apprenticeship was feeling a sense of achievement with the team when we have great feedback from guests, making someone's stay brilliant, by going the extra mile. It brings great morale and energy to the team when we succeed in fulfilling our goals as a whole.

    “Premier Inn is a fast growing business which meant plenty of room to progress to where I would like to be.”

    And Paige knows exactly where she’d like to be in future – running her own hotel.

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