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Chris Pike
Former apprentice, now Regional Production Manager

 

"The possibilities are endless with the right apprenticeship, so don’t let your grades define your ability to do well.”

Former Bournside School student Chris Pike knew he wanted to work in a practical industry when he left school.

Ten years after leaving sixth form, straight after completing his A-levels, Chris has worked his way through the ranks to become one of four Regional Production Managers. 

More than 70% of the company’s managers and team leaders started at the company as apprentices – just like Chris.

“I always planned to do an apprenticeship but I chose to do A-levels because all my friends did. At the time Clarkson Evans were recruiting from 16 years old, and I know now  that I should have just followed what I wanted to do, rather than staying at school.

“I wasn’t bad academically but studying for the sake of studying never lit that spark in me. I have always been a practical person so I knew that the apprenticeship route was the way to go.

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“As an apprentice, I remember it being pretty tough getting used to the long, busy days and then going home and studying to complete the qualification. It was all worth it though. It’s been 10 years since I was an apprentice and I’ve progressed to become a Regional Production Manager - it just shows that there is no glass ceiling if you decide to do an apprenticeship."

“My role now is rewarding because I get to help those who were in my position. Seeing my apprentices become well-known, successful team leaders makes it all worthwhile. This is one of the reasons why I wouldn’t turn back the clock and go to university instead.”

And Chris’ advice to students waiting for their results: “When I received my A-level results, they weren’t what I expected. Yet, it goes to show that the grades I got have not held me back. The possibilities are endless with the right apprenticeship, so don’t let your grades define your ability to do well.”

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