Harry Howes, Automotive Study Programme

Harry has always been interested in mechanics and completed a Vehicle Technology GCSE at school so it was a natural progression for him.

“I have liked working on cars for a while now. Learning all about the different parts and the intricate details of how everything fits together to make a car run properly has always interested me. When I heard about the apprenticeship route at Skills Group I was really excited to continue doing something I loved.

“The study programme is completely different to school though, I get to do practical tasks and actually learn by working on real cars in an environment similar to a garage. I am also completing courses to get me work ready such as Health and Safety in the workplace and First Aid. This has really built my confidence, I wouldn’t have been as prepared and ready for the workplace if I hadn’t done this programme first. Now I have a work trial lined up with a great employer and I am really excited.

“In the future, I hope to work my way up within a successful garage and gain more experience. I may also look at joining the military and specialise in mechanics.”

Harry’s Coordinator Steve said, “Harry is always keen to get involved and is always willing to listen and learn. He’s shown great hand skills and due to start his work trial with a local employer next week, which I have now doubt he will succeed in. We are really looking forward to supporting him into a full-time position.”

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