Apprentice Oliver joins the TCAT support team

Apprentice Oliver joins the TCAT support team

Oliver Stevens, who has joined the work-based learning team at TCAT

Teenager Oliver Stevens has joined the work-based learning team at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

The 16-year-old, from Malinslee, has taken up a Business Administration apprenticeship at the college, after leaving Abraham Darby School.

“I didn’t really know much about apprenticeships whilst I was at school, but it is clear that there is a great deal of demand for apprentices in Telford at the moment,” he said.

“I’m grateful to TCAT for giving me the opportunity and experience I’ve already had, and I hope to progress within the college in the future.”

TCAT’s apprenticeship manager Martyn Baker said: “We’re delighted to have Oliver on board. He is taking on a wide range of tasks include booking pool cars for staff, arranging exam dates for external candidates, and preparing apprenticeship packs for assessors.

“He also has to help gather information for auditors, and help out with the promotion of apprenticeships in schools – something which Oliver says has really boosted his confidence.”

Oliver added: “It’s important to always have a plan B when you leave school, and to show maturity. Employers are looking for someone who can fit into their team, so you need to be confident and friendly.”

He has previously completed a work experience placement at Telford IT firm Capgemini, shadowing infrastructure engineers, and also attended interviews at the Princess Royal Hospital, and manufacturing firm Hoshizaki.

“I think it is important to attend as many interviews as you can when applying for apprenticeships; they are hard, and you need to practice.”

If you want to find out more about apprenticeships and other opportunities at TCAT, come to the college’s open event on April 26, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and talk to tutors about a wide range of courses. For more details, see http://www.tcat.ac.uk

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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