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 Zoe Smith, 20, is completing a food science and technology degree apprenticeship at Tesco—gaining a degree without accumulating student debt   Why did you choose to do a degree apprenticeship, rather than going to university? I’ve always been more of a ‘learn through experience’ kind of person, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn on the job while still getting a degree. Plus, I’m not accumulating student debt—I’m earning a salary instead!    What does your

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Olivia Amos, 20, is made to feel welcome and included by her colleagues at Tesco, as she completes a food science and technology degree apprenticeship   Why did you choose to do a degree apprenticeship, rather than going to university?  University never felt like the right fit for me, as I was unable to find a programme I would enjoy. This apprenticeship has enabled me to pursue a career in something I’m passionate about, while gaining a degree and valuable

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The Royal Marines train thousands every year at their first-class facilities in Devon Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) is based at Lympstone in Devon. It trains new recruits and reserves, as well as delivering specialist trade training and continuation training. The Royal Marines are the only armed force to train officers and other ranks in the same place, although they follow different courses. All Royal Marines return to Lympstone many times as they progress through their career. From the

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A Royal Navy rating’s initial training is physically and mentally challenging, with a focus on teamwork and individual development A Royal Navy rating’s career begins with 10 weeks of basic training at HMS Raleigh, During these action-packed and challenging 10 weeks, the teams complete targeted training, which enables them to develop the Royal Navy’s core values of commitment, courage, discipline, respect, integrity and loyalty. Ratings learn some basic skills, such as self discipline, teamwork and overcoming problems. In addition, they

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Training for a career as a Royal Navy officer, you will gain military and maritime skills as well as spending time at sea learning how warships operate All Royal Navy officers begin their career at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. They spend 30 training weeks here, with the course split into two distinct phases: militarisation and marinisation. You can be sure your mind and body will be put to the test. There will be academic studies and exams

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SAC Chloe Owen is an intelligence analyst currently serving on 3(F) Squadron at RAF Coningsby. She was among the winners at the 2020 RAF National Apprenticeship Awards   Why was the offer of an apprenticeship important to you when you joined the RAF? I only left education with GCSEs due to an indecisive mind on the career I wanted to pursue. When I found out that the trade I wanted to pursue in the RAF was offered as an apprenticeship,

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SAC(T) Allan McClurg is an aircraft avionics technician currently stationed at RAF Lossiemouth on 6 Sqn, working with Typhoon aircraft. He was among the winners at the 2020 RAF National Apprenticeship Awards   Why was the offer of an apprenticeship important to you when you joined the RAF? I prefer working hands on and practically as opposed to university or college.   What does the award mean to you and your family? We are massively proud as my father was

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I joined the RAF in 2014 after studying politics at college and was excited to start training in intelligence, a role that sounded completely different from anything I’d seen before. After completing initial training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, I progressed to Chicksands in Bedfordshire to complete an operational air intelligence course; it was here I achieved my level 4 higher apprenticeship in intelligence operations. My first posting was to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire where I looked at threats to

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SAC Christopher Mitchell is a personnel support specialist working in Human Resource Operations in the Joint Support Unit at RAF Wyton. He was among the winners at the 2020 RAF National Apprenticeship Awards   Why was the offer of an apprenticeship important to you when you joined the RAF? Unlike my last job, it gave me the chance to learn new skills and earn the opportunity to promote. I could also therefore sign a contract that ensured I had stable

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Two young apprentices in Bristol are currently taking advantage of the career progression available at Public Health England   Public Health England (PHE) utilises a cross-government apprenticeship scheme in public relations at level 4. The Government Communication Service offers this wonderful apprenticeship in which participants can learn and develop the skills needed to begin a career in communications as well as the opportunity to pass the course with a level 4 qualification in PR and communications.  There are currently two

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