Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to develop your skills and to allow you to have new experiences, especially if you’re feeling that University may not be for you.
Ella Bates has been working as a Business Administration Apprentice at the County Council for 16 months now, after deciding that the ‘more traditional’ post school route of Sixth Form and University wasn’t for her.
She was studying Business Studies at Worcester Sixth Form college, but didn’t feel like she wanted to go on to study at University, like a lot of her friends.
In Ella’s case, Mums really do know best, as ever since Mum found out about the apprentice vacancy at Worcestershire County Council, she hasn’t looked back.
Ella said: “My mum found the apprenticeship vacancy at the Council, it was something that I was really interested in, it ticked all the boxes for me. My journey here has been amazing, my team are really supportive. I get involved in organising big events like the Worcestershire Skills Show, and event planning is the route something I want to go down in the future. This Apprentice opportunity has gave me the skills and work experience to help give me direction for my future.”
“I’d really encourage others to look into the apprenticeship route, the on-the-job learning, work experience, the money and the qualification you receive at the end is really beneficial.”
Ella’s story could also be your story, as anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: “Ella is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by taking a chance and looking at what Apprenticeships can offer you, and we’re really proud of the success they continue to bring to people in Worcestershire. They aren’t just for school leavers – they are an ideal way to learn new skills and experience, all while adding a new qualification to your CV.”
All Apprenticeships are at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.
A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.
10,000 people in Worcestershire have engaged in apprenticeships in the last year alone.
Ella recently featured on billboards as part of the #MoreInWorcestershire Campaign.
The billboards were displayed at a variety of peak-time travel locations across the country, including Paddington and Euston Stations in London, the Bullring Shopping Centre, New Street Station in Birmingham and Birmingham International Airport.