Break the trend: Meet our apprenticeship champion Will Kirkpatrick

“A few years ago I Sat My GCSES, this Year I’m…”

“Working at Yelverton Residential Home as a Level 2 Health and Social Care Apprentice.

“I’m involved in a wide variety of tasks at the Care Home from getting the residents ready for breakfast and lunch, to ensuring they are comfortable and clean; it’s very rewarding. I was nervous when I first began working here as there was lots to learn, but I quickly picked up the daily routine and now I feel confident in my job.

“The apprenticeship has been extremely useful for gaining hands-on experience and for learning the official procedures behind caring. It’s also great to be able to receive advice and guidance from experienced team members, as it means I learn more quickly.

“My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be to put yourselves out there and go for it!”

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School