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Aim higher with an apprenticeship

August 11, 2015

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As students across the county pick up their A-level results today we’re urging young people to see an apprenticeship as the first choice to a successful, well paid career.

We’re passionate about apprenticeship training and want A-level students to open their eyes to the possibilities that on-the-job training offers – rather than following the pack and walking headlong towards university without considering other options.

It’s often “parent pressure” that steers young people away from an apprenticeship with many mums and dads being fixated on their children getting a university education.

“We are disappointed that apprenticeship training is often seen as a second choice option for those students who perhaps haven’t done as well in their A levels as they had hoped,” said Lindsey Young, HR & Training Director at Clarkson Evans.

“The reality is that apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity to develop lifelong skills across a wide range of industry sectors which can result in young people embarking upon successful, well-paid careers.

“Several of our most promising electricians and quantity surveyors found themselves applying for one of our apprenticeships after becoming disillusioned with university life – we want to capture those people before they waste a year at university and get that talent into our business as soon as possible,” added Mrs Young.

Clarkson Evans invests heavily in proactively raising awareness of its apprenticeship opportunities. Facebook and bus advertising, as well as attending careers events across the country, are all part of the firm’s apprenticeship recruitment strategy.

“School careers events are a great opportunity for us to talk to students and parents so that we can dispel some of the myths around apprenticeship training and reassure parents that it is not a last straw option,” said Mrs Young.

We’re keen to attract more young people like Adam Gerrard, who left Beaufort School and began his apprenticeship with Clarkson Evans two days later.

His dad Steve Gerrard, a former apprentice himself, was right behind his son’s decision to embark upon an apprenticeship and was among the proud parents attending Clarkson Evans’ Apprenticeship Presentation evening in June this year.

“I think lots of young people go to university because they don’t know what they want to do. I was really pleased when Adam said he wanted to go down the apprenticeship route and I’d urge other parents to let their sons and daughters follow their dream. Apprenticeship training will help them obtain skills and experience that will stay with them for life,” said Mr Gerrard.

Gloucester-based apprentice

Former apprentice Adam Gerrard with his Dad, Steve Gerrard