Apprenticeships: earn while you learn in South Holland

South Holland Apprentice of the Year 2013 Demi Blackbourn. Photo: SG100214-121NG
South Holland Apprentice of the Year 2013 Demi Blackbourn. Photo: SG100214-121NG

Advertised apprenticeship vacancies in England rose by almost a quarter last year, according to the National Apprenticeship Service.

More than 37,000 places were posted on the service’s website between August and October 2013, a 24 per cent increase on the same period the previous year.

Drive By Websites director Christine Grocock says companies taking on apprentices receive funding for the first year – apprentices receive a wage and learn as they work.

Her apprentices are all working towards or have achieved a Level 3 NVQ in IT accredited by Steadfast.

Christine believes one of the biggest advantages of young people following an apprenticeship rather than going to college or university is that they are dealing with real clients, gaining the kind of experience that would be impossible in a classroom.

She says: “If there is a technical issue I can’t deal with I feel confident in asking my apprentice Jack McLean to resolve it.”

• National Apprenticeship Week 2014 takes place from March 3-7. It celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.