Apprentices are vital to our economy

LEARNING Tutor Tiggy Ayoub works with engineering apprentices at the Paragon Skills For Industry unit in Fareham ' back, from left Josh Walton, Matthew Heath and Mike Longley. ''Front James Moore.   Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110478-1)
LEARNING Tutor Tiggy Ayoub works with engineering apprentices at the Paragon Skills For Industry unit in Fareham ' back, from left Josh Walton, Matthew Heath and Mike Longley. ''Front James Moore. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110478-1)
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APPRENTICES are ‘vital’ to the manufacturing and engineering sectors if they are to continue to lead the UK to economic recovery.

That is according to Tiggy Ayoub, who teaches core English, maths and IT skills to apprentices at Paragon Skills for Industry in Fareham.

Today marks the end of National Apprentice Week, and Tiggy says more companies should think about offering apprenticeship places to young people.

She said: ‘It’s a fantastic way forward, and it’s the way to get new life into the manufacturing and engineering industries. It’s vital that we have people interested in working in these sectors.

‘Apprenticeships are ideal for people who are far more hands-on and who perhaps struggled at school and who are prepared to work hard but don’t want to sit in the classroom.

‘I take people for just one day and they do their certificate, learn stuff about their own particular area, as well as maths, English and ICT. It works.’

Tiggy became a work-based learning teacher in 1994, when key skills such as English and maths were an optional extra, not part of the NVQ certification process.

Now she teaches apprentice marine engineers and motor industry apprentices from across south Hampshire.

She said: ‘It’s now a lot better and it means that the young people who go on apprenticeships, who didn’t get their A-C in English and maths, will end up with those grades as part of their apprenticeship programme.’

To find out more on apprenticeships, see apprenticeships.org.uk. For more on tutoring apprentices go to alder woodeducation.com.