Pro­file: Sam Dixon-French Age: 21

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

Shortly be­fore I left col­lege I saw a job ad­ver­tised with a lo­cal bi­cy­cle dis­trib­u­tor. Hav­ing been work­ing in a bike shop at the time and not keen on go­ing to univer­sity this seemed per­fect for me. I worked there for nearly four years in a sales role, and whilst it was en­joy­able I felt as though I wanted a new chal­lenge. I didn’t want to con­tinue in sales out­side of an in­dus­try I was pas­sion­ate about so I started look­ing at al­ter­na­tives. Most jobs I was in­ter­ested in re­quired some ex­tra qual­i­fi­ca­tion be­yond A Lev­els but I didn’t want to go to uni. Hav­ing worked for four years I didn’t want to re­turn to full time ed­u­ca­tion or give up my fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence.

I be­gan look­ing at ap­pren­tice­ships as a way to be­come qual­i­fied whilst work­ing full time and ap­plied for the John­ston Press ap­pren­tice­ship af­ter see­ing it ad­ver­tised on the County Times web­site. I’ve al­ways been a vo­ra­cious reader and en­joyed writ­ing so although jour­nal­ism wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily some­thing I’d pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered, it com­pli­ments my skills and is some­thing I re­ally en­joy. The scheme is great as it gives me an op­por­tu­nity to be­come qual­i­fied whilst gain­ing in­valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s re­ally help­ful to be work­ing along­side other ap­pren­tices as well - we can bounce ideas off each other and pool our knowl­edge. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing work­ing in­di­vid­u­ally or as part of a team to cre­ate sto­ries and it’s sat­is­fy­ing to see your name in the pa­per. The ap­pren­tice­ship scheme is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity and I feel priv­i­leged to be a part of it.

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