On Monday Piran Armes, Engineering Technician and Luke Walker, Fabricator/Welder at Shoreham Port visited Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) to speak to students about the advantages of becoming an apprentice.
Piran and Luke shared their apprenticeship experience with first year students aged 16 – 17 in small groups of twenty. In particular, Piran and Luke talked about why they chose to do an apprenticeship instead of going to university and how they have progressed in their role since starting at the Port.
The college then delivered a presentation containing information on how to apply for apprenticeship schemes, how they differ from university and how many categories of apprenticeships there are.
Piran also highlighted the opportunity for apprentices to continue into higher education whilst they are working and shared his experience of undertaking an HNC in Civil Engineering of which he has successfully completed his first year.
Piran commented “It’s vital that young people understand all the opportunities available to them. Apprenticeships are a great way to continue advancing their academic qualifications whilst earning money and gaining valuable work experience from one of the many experts they’ll come across during their training.
Not only does an apprenticeship give you all the abilities you need to be skilled in an extensive range of sectors, but if you’re willing to work hard, they can lead to qualifications equal to and greater than degrees.”
Mandy Brindle, Guidance Manager at BHASVIC commented “Thank you to Piran and Luke for attending our apprenticeship morning and sharing their experiences with our students. It makes such a difference for young people to hear first-hand about the fantastic opportunities an apprenticeship has to offer.”
To search for apprenticeships in the UK please visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk. To find out more about studying an apprenticeship at BHASVIC call 01273 859810 or visit www.bhasvic.ac.uk.