James chooses espres­sos over univer­sity life

Young­ster at­tracted to ap­pren­tice­ship

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

UNIVER­SITY is not for ev­ery­one and James Cad­well is prov­ing you can learn a lot on the job.

James, 20, of Ick­en­ham, landed A-lev­els last sum­mer in psy­chol­ogy, so­ci­ol­ogy and busi­ness, but in­stead of head­ing into higher ed­u­ca­tion he headed to Har­row and the branch of Star­bucks in the St Ge­orge’s Cen­tre.

A year on, he has com­pleted a level two cus­tomer ser­vice and barista mas­tery ap­prenc­tice­ship and will be start­ing a level three man­age­ment and lead­er­ship ap­pren­tice­ship this year.

At the end of his train­ing he has a guar­an­teed job and mean­while gets paid a wage.

James said: “I was look­ing at univer­sity and was so un­sure about what to do or where to go. I was much more ex­cited about the thought of tak­ing the ap­pren­tice­ship route.

“I saw the Star­bucks ap­pren­tice­ship as a great op­por­tu­nity to earn some money, get some hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence and also gain some qual­i­fi­ca­tions, all at the same time.”

Thou­sands of pupils got their A-level re­sults ear­lier this month and many stu­dents will be con­tem­plat­ing their future and the next step to take.

Mean­while, GCSE re­sults were re­leased last week. Check www. getwest­lon­don.co.uk to see how lo­cal schools fared.

n EX­CITED: James Cad­well says the Star­bucks ap­pren­tice­ship is a great op­por­tu­nity

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