Case Studies

Apprentice of the Month: February

Every month we’re selecting two sectors and awarding apprentices who go above and beyond in their on and off-the-job training. February’s sectors are Engineering & Automotive and Teaching & Education.

Jenny Jackson and Libbie Herbert, both Teaching & Education apprentices with Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sports Network, have been jointly awarded Apprentice of the Month for their outstanding achievements in the workplace.

We had a quick chat with the duo to find out more about their apprenticeships…

What made you choose an apprenticeship?
J: After completing a course in Sports Coaching at Hartpury College, I wanted a more hands-on approach to learning and was keen to get into the world of sports and coaching. This apprenticeship was perfect for me.
L: I didn’t want to go to university straight away, but I did want to get experience in the career I’m considering for the future.

What are your career ambitions?
J: I’m hoping to progress on to the Level 3 apprenticeship, then the Level 5 in Coaching.
L: I want to go to university and potentially become a teacher.

How do you rate Skills Group, and would you recommend an apprenticeship?
J: I’m glad I chose Skills Group; my assessor, Dave, has been really supportive – I look forward to him coming in to see how I’ve progressed. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship; I believe a different, more hands-on learning style is better for some people – like me.
L: The experience you get from an apprenticeship is great, and I’ve really enjoyed earning while learning with Skills Group.

Learn the ropes with a Teaching & Education apprenticeship.

Georgia Burkatt, Teaching & Education Apprentice

When leaving school, Georgia Burkatt wanted to work with children. She contacted Skills Group and was quickly put in touch with Plymouth School of Creative Arts. From there Georgia was successful in getting onto her Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship.

After my first week here, I knew that it was what I wanted to do, and that I wanted to carry on being an apprentice.

It’s not as formal as being stuck in a classroom being told “do this, do that”.

The apprenticeship has really helped me along with my career, as it’s lead me onto the path of a degree to become a primary school teacher!

Dean Squire, Teaching & Education Apprentice

I completed my BTEC Level 3 in Sport at Ivybridge school whilst also playing rugby in the AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) league. I started an apprenticeship to get experience in the workplace as this was something I didn’t get at School. There are so many parts of my job that I’ve loved, especially passing on my skills and knowledge to the children!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as an apprentice, it has given me the platform to go on into a career that I know I’ll enjoy. I am now going onto university to study a BEd in Physical Education to reach my career goal of becoming a teacher.

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