Its National Apprenticeship Week and Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) is marking the occasion by showcasing its ‘Star Apprentices’ from across the region.
One such apprentice is Jeremy Stridgen aged 36 from Much Wenlock. Jeremy is currently working towards his Level 3 Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship at Burway Garage in Church Stretton. Jeremy enjoys his job and comments, ‘This apprenticeship has enabled me to achieve a good qualification and learn valuable skills, while still earning a reasonable wage. For me the main benefits have been, learning on the job, I feel I am learning every day!’
Jeremy has worked in other job sectors in the past but has truly found his preferred vocation in life, being a mechanic. Jeremy has had to start at the bottom, learning the basics and doing things in the correct manner. He feels it has taken time to build up his skill base and has more recently been undertaking more technical jobs alone, such as diagnosing and repairing electrical and engine faults
Jeremy has almost finished his apprenticeship and comments, ‘Recently I have really grown in confidence and ability. I used to be terrified of electrics, now, although I am still learning, I can approach a job with confidence and know that with a little research I can usually diagnose and repair the fault.’
With an apprenticeship it’s not just about the practical work, the learner has to complete college work that provides evidence for the qualification. Each apprentice has an assessor employed by the College to guide and support the learner through their apprenticeship. ‘I have found the collage to be really supportive and encouraging, and the staff helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.’ Jeremy comments.
Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships are available at both Level 2 and 3. Small businesses can access a £1500 grant via the College for taking on an apprentice for the duration of their study.
If you are an employer who could offer an apprentice a job, or if you would like to apply for an apprenticeship, you can find out more by contacting Lucy Bowen, Work-based Learning Co-ordinator on 01691 688038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More information is available via the website at www.wnsc.ac.uk