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Apprenticeship case studies

A portrait picture of Jon Barrett, an apprentice with Telford & Wrekin Council.

Jon is an Operations Manager at Southall School and is studying towards a level five qualification in digital technology solutions.

What attracted you to an apprenticeship with Telford & Wrekin Council?

I loved the job that I was doing so this was a way to gain a qualification while still doing the job that I loved. It was a win-win scenario.

What has your apprenticeship helped with?

My previous apprenticeship helped me to progress in the workplace and the one I’m currently working towards is taking my knowledge and skills to a higher level still.

As well as gaining more academic knowledge through the programme I’ve also completed a series of work-based projects, focusing on areas such as cyber security, which have benefited the school as well as my own individual learning.

What are your future aspirations?

With all the skills and knowledge I’ve developed, I’m hoping it will lead to a more senior role with more management responsibilities.  

What are the advantages of apprenticeships?

There are lots of advantages to apprenticeships. For me, one of the main ones is that I’m gaining a degree qualification while I’m in full time work and the school has been very supportive. I haven’t had to do all of the qualification in my spare time, I’ve been able to complete my qualification alongside my day-to-day duties which has been great. You’re always learning as you go along as well, combining hands-on skills and gaining the knowledge at the same time.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?

There is lots of work involved but the more you put in the more you get back. Applying work knowledge to academic studies makes it a lot easier as you can see how everything fits.

Apprenticeships are very rewarding and they have done a great deal for me.

Although I didn’t take what is perhaps considered the traditional route after school by going to college and then university, I feel as though I’ve gained far more work experience and had more opportunities to progress.

Looking back, I wouldn’t change the path I’ve chosen and you should definitely consider an apprenticeship, whatever your age.

Last updated: 03/02/2023 13:52

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