Apprentices not ‘second-tier students’


Hywel Roberts , 14 Aug 2014

Noble was speaking at a RateMyApprenticeship (RMA) panel debate on apprenticeship myths in London. She added that the academic results required to attain a place on many apprenticeships (300 UCAS points) is equivalent to those needed for a university place.

“So there’s definitely no sense that people who take the apprenticeships only do so because they didn’t have the grades to get into university,” she said. “A lot of young people choose it because they want to take a different route and get into work early.”

RMA co-founder Oliver Sidwell said that getting information about apprenticeships out through schools and colleges is a crucial element of giving young people choice in their higher education.

“That’s the most important element going forward,” he said. “A lot of people know what field they want to go into at 18 but think university is the only option. They’re not second-tier students, they just need to know that there are other options available to them.”

Melisa Samuels, a PMO application services apprentice at CapGemini, revealed both her parents and her teachers questioned her choice when she opted for an apprenticeship after being accepted to university.

“At first they thought I was mad but now they see the value in what I’m doing,” she said. “I go back to my old school to give talks about apprenticeships as an option. I think it’s important people go back and tell the students about what’s out there.”

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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