Trafford College is celebrating apprenticeships this week as part of a national initiative aimed at getting more people signed up to the scheme.
National Apprenticeship Week runs until Friday 9 March and aims to demonstrate the many benefits that apprenticeships bring to people, businesses, communities and the economy.
As part of the week, we’ll be sharing inspiring success stories on how apprenticeships have helped people achieve their goals in their careers.
After leaving school without any qualifications, Emma Roberts felt restricted in her career options.
But her decision to study an apprenticeship in health and social care with Trafford College changed all that.
In under 12 months, the mother-of two has seen her new career in the health and social care sector really gain momentum, completing her Level 2 apprenticeship ahead of schedule, achieving her Level 1 functional skills and gaining a promotion to senior care worker.
Emma, 32, is also continuing her studies and progressing to her Level 3 apprenticeship.
“Returning to education has helped me massively,” says Emma. “Not only have I been guided through everything I have needed to learn for my new career, it has given me the drive and passion to progress further.
“It has really made a positive impact on my life. Not only have I now gained qualifications, I have more confidence, I’m much happier in my work and I have inspired my daughter to follow in my footsteps.
“It’s also made a difference financially as I’m working the hours I need to in a job I love and my ultimate ambition is to qualify as a nurse.
Emma added: “I would definitely recommend this to others, for anyone thinking about an apprenticeship or additional learning, just go for it.
“It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, or your age, it’s never too late. I have managed to gain qualifications while working full time as well as balancing home life and looking after my two daughters.”
Course tutor Colina Wilson said: “Emma never fails to present a determined and focused approach to her studies and a very caring, client oriented, positive approach to her role as a senior carer.”
For more information about apprenticeships, call our dedicated apprenticeships team, Trafford First on 0161 886 7461 or email Trafford.firstname.lastname@example.org