Former students return to shine a light on Apprenticeships

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One invited back two former students to chat to current learners about apprenticeship qualifications.

The pop-up careers event took place amidst National Apprenticeship Week – a campaign that aims to highlight the benefits of being an apprentice.

Lucy Kean studied A-levels at One in 2012 and subsequently gained a degree at the University of Reading. Since university, the 23 year old started has started her current role as an apprentice with BDO as a cyber security expert in London.

She said, “I never thought I’d be an apprentice but it’s great to be here and talk to others about my experiences. We gave out advice on what to do after college and I talked about the benefits of apprenticeship qualifications. They are a good way to earn and learn, you meet people your own age and you get the chance to get some good qualifications. If you have more aptitude to practical learning then apprenticeships may well be for you.”

23 year old Hannah Roberts is from Bury St Edmunds. She originally wanted to be a marine biologist but is now pursuing a career in music. She said, “We are trying to show that university isn’t the only option for people and the message to everyone we met was to not stress about your future, take your time and you will eventually find your niche.”

Kim Carr is form the learning resource centre. She helped organise this occasion. She said, “We are trying to raise awareness of apprenticeships at One. Last year, a proportion of our students didn’t go to university – so we are keen to explain all of the options that are available to them after their time with us.

“We have really great long standing relationships with big local companies like BT and Willis where many of our former students now have successful careers thanks to apprenticeship programmes that they have studied on.

“Therefore we are happy to shine a light on these qualifications during this national campaign.”