Come and see us at Skills South West!

Deciding what you want to do when you leave school can be daunting, but we’re here to make it easy! Whether you’re a school leaver or are already at college but made the wrong choice, it’s never too late to start a Skills Group apprenticeship or full-time course.

Make sure you come along to Skills South West at Plymouth Pavilions next Wednesday 11th March or Thursday 12th March to meet our friendly team. You’ll also be able to have a go at bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, hairdressing and barbering to discover what you love doing. Our experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions and explain how our apprenticeships and full-time courses work.

If you’re at school, it’s likely you’ll already be attending so just look out for us – we’ll be taking over the entire bar area at the Pavilions, so you won’t miss us!

If you’ve already left school, you can book your tickets HERE

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

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