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Local apprentices in Wiltshire testify how they are taking advantage of the opportunities and business owners how young enthusiastic staff benefit them.

Paige Jones, 19, and Connor Martin, 18, work at Active Trowbridge at Trowbridge Town Council. They are undertaking a Level 2 Community Sports Coach apprenticeship, having just started in January this year, they shared their thoughts and advice so far.

Paige

I work at the breakfast club, lunchtime club and after school clubs, where we serve breakfast, take the children outside and play sports for 20 minutes. At lunchtime and after school we play different sports. In between these we have time in the office, I also support half term clubs during the holidays.

The best part of my role is the interaction with the Schools and seeing the kids, being able to be face to face again. At College you don’t gain any experience, I know so many friends have gone to Uni and wish they had done an apprenticeship instead, you can gain experience and money! I am learning and carrying out tasks not just sitting in a lecture.

Connor

My role is slightly different as I also work one evening a week at the Studley Green community centre at a youth drop in called ‘Doorstep’ we provide a safe place for any young person between 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Keeping them busy and active in a positive way to keep them off the streets.

Jack Alexander, 22, is a Process Technician at Avon Protection based in Melksham on a Level 3 Generalist Engineering Apprenticeship.

In the four years I have been here I feel I have built bridges and learnt a lot working alongside others who are further into their career and have degrees and I am only 22. My role has allowed me to travel too, the most exciting trip was going to America. I have been keen to get involved with many of the extra activities that Avon gets involved in to further challenge myself personally and my engineering knowledge, going build bridges with other companies, this included the Seaworks cardboard boat regatta, Tough Mudder and most recently the Red Bull soapbox race London. Our fantastic team came in first place, securing the title with a brilliantly engineered soapbox that held up very well round the course, I was lucky enough to have been the driver in this event so see us across the finish line to accept a well-earned pole place.

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Tom Taylor, 27, is undertaking a Level 7 Accountancy apprenticeship at Purple Lime.

Definitely give more thought to the apprenticeship route, it is more efficient and the cheaper option. For example, the whole cost of the apprenticeship course to me is the same as one private exam. With a good training provider like mine you can also learn soft skills as well, which are great for your CV.

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