Aspiring apprentices and their parents flocked to Trafford College on Tuesday 6 March for an inspirational event to mark the 11th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week.
The College welcomed in excess of 200 visitors to its Altrincham campus for the event, which was designed to give aspiring apprentices and their parents a unique insight into the ever popular programme through the eyes of some of the borough’s leading employers, current apprentices and the college’s dedicated apprenticeship team.
With research showing that apprenticeships are now becoming more popular among parents and young people, many still don’t realise that the majority of careers, from the digital industry and web development to nursing, can be accessed through a modern apprenticeship.
Visitors to the event were given the opportunity to hear first-hand from apprentices and employers such as Melia and Balfour Beatty about their experiences and successes. They also met with the College’s industry experts to find out more about future vacancies.
One of the college’s apprentices sharing his success story with visitors at the event, was multi award-winner, Tom Linaker (pictured below).
Tom, 28, chose an apprenticeship route at a later stage in his educational journey due to a realisation of his passion for knowledge within mathematics and electronics. He is currently undertaking an apprenticeship programme with Siemens Rail Next year he begins a HND in the same subject, and upon completion of his apprenticeship programme, he plans to complete his string of qualifications with a degree.
Tom, alongside fellow apprentice, Charlotte Stoddard, were be on hand to answer questions throughout the evening.
He commented, “Choosing an apprenticeship at a later stage in my life was a difficult decision, At 25 you want the house and the car, but ultimately I knew that taking this route would mean that I’d be so much more secure in my career in the future. Being an apprentice has been amazing and I have no regrets.”
Charlotte (pictured above) added, ““I have nothing but positive things to say about my apprenticeship. My aims now are to get further qualifications, progress within my organisation, and one day take on an apprentice of my own so I can inspire and motivate someone as I have been.”