Category Archives: Hear from apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2015: Meet the apprentices!

Reiss-Jones“I’m just glad I decided to do an apprenticeship as it’s given me so many opportunities, new skills and confidence, and I’m very proud of the work I’m doing right now.” Reiss Jones, Vision Apprentice.

All week we are supporting National Apprenticeship Week with stories of our great apprentices! Here, we discover how exploring underground caves, scaling castle walls and seeing ancient buildings of interest renovated back to life, is all part of 19-year-old Reiss Jones’ job as an apprentice.

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Meet the apprentices! Apprenticeships have opened doors for Rebecca…


“My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship would be to go for it as it is a really good experience, and opens the doors to lots of opportunities.” – Rebecca Lambert, apprentice.

This week, we meet Rebecca who has gone from hairdressing to a customer support and admin apprenticeship. Find out more about how apprenticeships have opened doors for Rebecca, and how you too can change your career and gain qualifications with an apprenticeship.

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Meet the apprentices: Communication is key for apprentice Louis Brown

“Apprenticeships are a key stepping stone if you’re looking for a jump between a school and work environment. You get treated like one of the team, and get to learn the basics of a working environment.” – Louis Brown, apprentice

Apprentice Louis BrownThis week we speak to Louis Brown who is currently undertaking a community well-being apprenticeship with Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire. Louis has found that his strengths in communication (and a little sense of humour) have helped him land his dream position in helping the community as an apprentice.

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Meet the Vision apprentices: Bek is brilliant at business!

Apprentice Bek“With this apprenticeship I have a great balance of on-the-job learning and studying; the support I receive from college and colleagues is just what I need to help me progress from classroom to workplace.”

This week, we speak to Rebecca Daft, one of our apprentices, currently in post at Ashfield District Council. Bek rejected a place at university to embark on an apprenticeship. Here she tells us about her business apprenticeship, eight months in.
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NAW2014: A new direction – from university to an apprenticeship

jessica johnson - small“I’m glad I made the decision to leave university two years ago. At the end of the day, I’m in a secure job earning a wage, my training is paid for,  and I’m doing something I enjoy” Jessica Johnson.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014, we’ve been speaking to our own apprentices and hearing their success stories. Jessica Johnson, from Mansfield, made a bold decision to leave university and study an apprenticeship. Since beginning her apprenticeship at Rippon Homes, she hasn’t looked back.

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NAW2014: Apprenticeships are for everyone! It’s business as usual for Johnathan Clutterbuck


“I’ve gained the skills necessary to self-manage my workload in my apprenticeship, and I’m working really well as part of a team.” Johnathan Clutterbuck.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3-7 March), we speak to three apprentices who have found success through Vision Apprentices.
Johnathan Clutterbuck, from Nottingham, is proving that having a physical disability and learning difficulty is absolutely no barrier to an apprenticeship.

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NAW2014: Sheralyn’s a cut above the rest as a business administration apprentice


“Apprenticeships are so many things rolled into one and they’re something every person my age should consider.” – Sheralyn Jarvis

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3-7 March) we meet Sheralyn Jarvis, a Vision Apprentice from Sutton-in-Ashfield, who has embarked on a radical career change and secured a job she loves – all thanks to an apprenticeship.

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IT works for apprentice James Lane

“Thanks to my training, I feel positive about the future; being an apprentice will give me the qualifications to get the job I want. I hope to one day work for Microsoft or perhaps even manage my own company.”

IT-apprenticeJames Lane, 19, has recently started his apprenticeship in ICT. Here he tells us about the application process, the valuable training he has received so far, and his ambitions for the future. Continue reading