Break the trend: Meet our apprenticeship champion Akaysha Raymond

“Last year I Sat My GCSES, this Year I’m…”

“Working on my Level 2 Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship at Rogers Group South West. It’s my first week on the job and I’m already working on The Box in Plymouth – a major redevelopment scheme in the centre. I’ve been getting stuck in straightaway, and have already started painting and sanding.

“Before my apprenticeship, I started A-Levels in anatomy and physiology. However I wasn’t enjoying the course as it was so theory based. Then, one weekend, I painted my Mum’s garden fence and ended up painting the whole house, as I enjoyed it so much! That’s when I realised, I wanted to do this as a career.

“The apprenticeship will help teach me how to work with different age groups, as well as how to be more independent and how to handle money. I already intend to save up for a car!”