We asked some of the most established and successful providers of apprenticeship training programs to ask their students to write us a review about their training. These reviews are here to help you get a feel for what being an apprentice entails and to hear the truth from the horse’s mouth.
by Ralph Lucas
Apprenticeships in construction for those who are leaving school at 16 or 18. Successful candidates are enthusiastic, hardworking, practical and good team players, with an interest in design and how things work. ‘The results of what you worked on are there for everyone to see’ ‘You never have a dull day, that’s for sure’ Laing O’Rourke’s supportive training and development programmes are led by people whose job it is to bring out the best in their trainees. They can be out in the workplace from day one, earning, while learning practical, hands-on skills from experienced tradespeople, construction professionals and engineers.…
We have begun to create independent reviews of apprenticeship programmes (really getting under the skin of organisations to see how they tick in terms of their current and future apprenticeships offers), to give teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils a reliable and insightful view of what each apprenticeship offers, in the short and in the long term, and of who it suits. Please take a look at them, and let us know what you think.
The Royal Navy offers opportunities that you simply can’t get elsewhere – from policing the world’s oceans and preventing conflict to delivering humanitarian aid and safeguarding trade routes, no two days are the same. Progression is excellent - good sailors can achieve several promotions within five years. They gain qualifications that are recognized in the civilian workplace and, providing they have the appropriate academic qualifications, they can do a university degree at no cost to themselves. A Navy career is ‘a lifestyle, not a job,’ while a sub-lieutenant (Commissioned Officer) who had worked his way up the ranks (or rates, as…
Berthon services, repairs and refits private yachts – from fitting new decks, engines and electronics systems to spray painting and maintenance. The company also builds Shannon class lifeboats for the RNLI. Initially marine engineering apprentices shadow senior colleagues, performing simple tasks, then move on to more complex tasks such as servicing and refitting engines. Apprentices frequently need to use their own initiative. The apprentices meet the customers and must treat them in a courteous way.’ In Berthon Boats' Advanced Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering, apprentices get the chance to deliver boats to customers and take part in sea trials in the…
Regular soldiers provide the main body of personnel for one of the world’s elite fighting forces and serve a variety of important functions. They could be fighting in combat zones or providing peacekeeping and humanitarian services around the world. You name it, the Army does it. The Army provides excellent training, apprenticeships and qualifications in more than 200 roles that are highly transferrable to the civilian workplace. They may wear the same uniform, but there isn’t a singular ‘Army-type’, although most share crucial characteristics – adaptability and initiative, consideration and compassion, loyalty and commitment. The rewards are good, the ‘family’ lifestyle…
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