What to Expect from our Taster Days

Considering an apprenticeship or just want to find out more about them? If you’re in Year 11, 12 or 13, make sure you visit us on Wednesday 29th May for our Apprenticeship and Further Education Taster Day. The day will be a fantastic opportunity to meet your peers, find out more about the apprenticeship process and your earning potential, and try out the industry that interests you the most!

The day will run from 10am to 2pm, and will begin with a brief introduction to Skills Group so you can find out a bit more about us and what we offer. You’ll then be able to try out your chosen industry – from getting hands-on with brick-laying to unleashing your creative side through hairdressing! You’ll also enjoy a free tasty lunch and have plenty of time to chat to your potential future colleagues. Our friendly trainers and industry experts will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you might have, and explain our easy application process.

The day will run at different locations depending on the industry you are interested in, so make sure you look at the list below to know where to go:

Wednesday 29th May 10am – 2pm

Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty Location: Skills Group Training Academy, 8-9 Derry’s Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SG
Child Care, Health & Social Care and Teaching Location: Skills Group Training Academy, 8-9 Derry’s Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SG
Business Location: Skills Group Head Office, Western Wood Way, langage, Plympton, PL7 5BG
Construction Location: Skills Group Construction Training Centre, Western Wood Way, Plympton, PL7 5BG
Automotive and Engineering Location: Skills Group Engineering and Automotive Training Centre, Drakes Court, Plympton, PL7 5JY

For full details on our locations visit our Locations Page

Make sure you book your place here as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

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