Ap­pren­tices work to­gether to pro­mote on-job train­ing

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

AP­PREN­TICES at As­traZeneca have been do­ing their bit to pro­mote on-the-job train­ing.

A team from the IT de­part­ment has set its sights on suc­cess in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and one of the ap­pren­tices, Lil­ley Deevey, was also in­vited to speak at the House of Com­mons about her jour­ney.

The nine ap­pren­tices from the IT de­part­ment have en­tered the Brathay Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge for 2017, which fo­cuses on rais­ing aware­ness of ap­pren­tice­ships.

The team, which is cur­rently in the re­gional heats, is made up of Charley Denny, Char­lotte Lo­rains, Ryan Co­ram, Matt Pem­ber­ton, Amy Hawk­yard, Rachael Calthorpe, El­lie War­bur­ton, Iso­belle Der­rig and Do­minic Sher­atte.

If suc­cess­ful they will progress to the na­tional fi­nals where they will take part in a three-day chal­lenge and the win­ners will be crowned Ap­pren­tice Team of the Year.

Amy Hawk­yard, ap­pren­tices and team mem­ber, said: “Our team at As­traZeneca are en­gag­ing with schools and busi­nesses to ed­u­cate them on what ap­pren­tice­ships are, why they are ben­e­fi­cial for the ap­pren­tice, em­ployer and econ­omy and where ap­pren­tice­ships can be found.

“From per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, we felt that when ap­ply­ing for ap­pren­tice­ships, more sup­port and in­for­ma­tion could have been pro­vided to make an in­formed de­ci­sion on what path­way was right for us and so we want to make sure that young peo­ple are made aware of other al­ter­na­tives to univer­sity.

Lil­ley, 22, who lives in Mac­cles­field, was one of 10 ap­pren­tices se­lected to speak about their ap­pren­tice­ship jour­ney dur­ing an event at the House of Com­mons.

The event com­mended the suc­cess of ap­pren­tice­ships over the last decade, aim­ing to en­cour­age even more peo­ple to choose ap­pren­tice­ships as a fast-track to a great ca­reer.

Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Week (NAW 2017) has cel­e­brated ap­pren­tice­ships, across all in­dus­tries, and all lev­els, with the theme ‘lad­der of op­por­tu­nity’.

Lil­ley, who at­tended univer­sity for a year but de­cided it wasn’t for her, said the big­gest ad­van­tage about do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship is the abil­ity to learn within a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment with in­dus­try lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als while gain­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions to fur­ther her ca­reer, and ac­knowl­edged that it was a dif­fi­cult step to go against the norm of what her friends were do­ing.

She said: “Ini­tially my par­ents were scep­ti­cal about ap­pren­tice­ships but now they are the big­gest ad­vo­cates. I think the ad­vice and the sup­port of an em­ployer through an ap­pren­tice­ship is in­valu­able. I feel like it will be the mak­ing of me and it is so im­por­tant to share our ex­pe­ri­ences of ap­pren­tice­ships.”

Lil­ley Deevey, 22, from Mac­cles­field, was in­vited to the Houses of Par­lia­ment as an ad­vo­cate for ap­pren­tice­ships

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