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After a 20-year career in the fitness industry, Heather decided that she wanted a career change so, in November 2019 she enrolled on the Level 2 Diploma in Plastering with the Growth Company. When asked about this course, Heather said: “The course taught me about the multiple applications and various specialist components within the plastering trade and gave me a variety of practical skills to apply my newfound abilities with confidence in the work setting.” After successfully completing the plastering

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Prior to starting his gas engineering apprenticeship, Aaron served in the Royal Marines for 15 years. When his service ended Aaron briefly worked as a gym instructor before realising this wasn’t the career for him, and that he was interested in learning a trade. Aaron knew he’d need to start at the bottom with his training and heard about the vacancy with Sure Maintenance through a friend. His wife Rachel encouraged him to apply and Aaron’s journey towards a new

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Andy started at McDonald’s in 2003 while doing his A-levels, and continued working part-time while at university. But when family circumstances changed, he left university and joined us full-time to support his mother and younger sister. Over the next few years, he worked his way up through various restaurant positions. And in 2015, he was given the opportunity to do a Level 4 Foundation Degree Apprenticeship, followed by a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship in Chartered Management. Read his story here:

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Mark started at McDonald’s in Salford in 2018 as a Customer Care Assistant. After finishing his probationary period, he was offered the chance to do a nationally-recognised level 2 Customer Practitioner apprenticeship and took it with both hands! Read his story here:      To find out more about a career at McDonald’s, https://people.mcdonalds.co.uk/, or email apprenticeships@uk.mcd.com

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Cameron Hughes is securing a career as a level 3 science manufacturing technician apprentice with ATAC, working for Freeline Therapeutics    Cameron was studying towards his A-levels at sixth form but quickly realised that this learning environment was not the right fit for him. Despite having good GCSE grades, he found his preferred way of learning to be applying first-hand knowledge, skills and theory back into the job role. By actively searching for alternative options to the traditional school to

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Emilia Reyes Pabon is progressing through apprenticeships at University of Oxford’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility and helping to contribute to the Covid-19 response with ATAC Emilia achieved her A-levels in biology, chemistry and physics. She decided early on that she enjoyed hands-on experience and learning in the workplace. From the work experience she attained from an NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford and within the Department of Physiology Anatomy & Genetics (DPAG, University of Oxford), she knew she absolutely wanted to work

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Meet Matt. He thought he’d left it too late to join the Army. Actually, he was just getting started   Not sure if you’d qualify for an Army apprenticeship? You might be surprised. We welcome people from every kind of background. Matt was in his 30s when he joined us. He’d always dreamed of a career in the Army, but an injury at 16 meant that he trained as a plumber instead. After working for the Police and Immigration Service,

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From County Durham to Canada, Andy’s career in the Army has taken him across the globe   Want a job where you can travel, make mates for life and pick up transferable skills, but still deciding if the Army is right for you? Andy was on the fence too, until he joined the British Army. “I joined up not knowing how I’d take to the Army, but it turns out I love it!”    When you start, there will be

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Laura Muir, from Southampton, was among the winners of the RAF Apprentice of the Year award in 2020   Why was the offer of an apprenticeship important to you when you joined the RAF? The offer of an apprenticeship scheme was very important to me as I did not want to take the conventional route of obtaining qualifications through higher education such as college or university. It allowed me to obtain employment while also continuing to learn.   What does

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Jake Allen, from Kingston Upon Thames, was among the winners of the RAF Apprentice of the Year award in 2020   Why was the offer of an apprenticeship important to you when you joined the RAF? The offer was important as I was working within the catering industry at the time. As qualifications were hard to come by and time consuming, by joining the RAF I could complete an apprenticeship within a more convenient time frame and learn more appealing

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