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Case Studies

Apprentices

Toby Hughes, Maintenance Engineer - Berry Superfos



“I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to any student. I really think it’s the best way to learn, as you learn new skills and then apply them within the workplace. You are furthering your education and furthering your skillset whilst undergoing an apprenticeship.” Read more...

Dan Woods, HGV Technician - Volvo Truck and Bus Centre



“Apprenticeships are a great option as you gain the skills you require from your employer, gain your qualifications from the college, and you earn a salary whilst you complete the apprenticeship, as well as ongoing support from both the college and employer.” Read more...

Dan Symons, Vehicle and Plant Technician - Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue



“I’ve learned lots from my time as an apprentice, not just the things learned in college but also the skills that you learn whilst doing full time work. You need to work hard and make sure you learn everything to a high level because you never know when you’re going to need what you learned in college. Also the harder you work the quicker you can complete the course and start earning better money!” Read more...

Dean Crookell, Engineering Apprentice - Lands' End Europe Ltd



Dean chose to do an apprenticeship as an alternative to studying at university. “Find a course that interests you as you will enjoy it a lot more. Assign time at work to focus on college-based work, many employers will allow a set period for this. Seek support/guidance if you are struggling, be it from people at work or at college. Take your course seriously and work to achieve the highest standard you can.” Read more...

Gregory Hood, Electrical Apprentice - Remark Group



“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other students. I think apprenticeships are great for those that don’t want to follow the traditional A-level pathway and for learning new things you wouldn’t necessarily learn in a classroom. Definitely do your research first and look into different apprenticeship programmes and companies that offer an apprenticeship, find the right one for you.” Read more...

Harry Edwards, Electrical Apprentice - Remark Group



“There is no better way to learn in my opinion, there are some things that can’t be taught in a classroom. It’s incredible to see your own personal growth, with two major support networks; one being the college itself and of course your employer. I will say do your research into the company you are interested in and make sure it is the right one for you.” Read more...

 

Alex Bing, Professional Cookery Apprenticeship at Old Government House
I started my career at 14 and completed a full time course before progressing to an apprenticeship in Professional Cookery. Whilst I was not the strongest person in my lessons, I gave 100% effort in every task and assessment and with the encouragement and support from my tutor I completed my apprenticeship. I now work in a 5 star hotel as a Chef de Partie and I am taking part in the National Chef of the Year competition.

Jill Hendry, Hairdressing Apprenticeship at Utopia Hair Bar Ltd
I was very kindly offered an apprenticeship through Utopia, after gaining some valuable work experience in their environment and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. It meant I could be in the salon full time and be earning without having to have a second job to cover my living costs. Every single day I find out and learn something new. I have learnt how the salon is run, stock control, reception duties and all aspects of cutting, perming and colouring.

Alex Mundan, IT Apprenticeship at Display Solutions
I started my apprenticeship at Display Solutions and there was a lot of technical product information that I had to take on board at the start. A year later I am now quite confident to speak about some of the more common products we offer from memory and I am comfortable with my position and the potential prospects it offers.

Employers

The Leeton Group
Over the past 15 years the Peterborough College Apprenticeship Team has assisted with the ongoing recruitment and training of apprentices in both our electrical and mechanical engineering divisions, their professional and committed approach, allied to the technical expertise and support given by the mentoring team has produced a number of outstanding technicians and tradesmen and has subsequently contributed to the ongoing success of our business.

Utopia Hair Bar Ltd
I would highly recommend working with Peterborough College and taking on an apprentice. The support offered from the college is of a high standard, the training within our industry is professional and up to date with the Lee Stafford Academy. Our apprentices assist the team and salon in many ways. The salon runs far more effectively with a committed apprentice. Our stylists enjoy sharing their knowledge and help train our apprentices, ensuring a strong team bond across the salon. The apprentice experience the real world of outside a college environment and learn to diversify their skills according to day to day requirements.

The Remark Group
The Remark Group has to date successfully educated four apprentices through this scheme having taught advanced skills that only the college can provide. As we feel that it is a great way of growing talent for the future as well as helping young people start their careers. The team at Peterborough College gives a low risk, excellence way of doing this with their Apprentice Scheme. In times of uncertainty such as this, a scheme that helps businesses employ staff whilst reducing the financial risk is an ideal way to support business growth. This is a unique scheme and well worth investigating further.