SCHOOL leavers have been urged to think about taking up an apprenticeship – by someone who knows what he is talking about.
Adam Dickel, 20, started his full-time apprenticeship in estate agency at Mann Countrywide in Portsmouth two years ago.
He is under a scheme run by the firm Positive Outcomes.
He said: ‘I was always unsure during my two years at college if I wanted to continue with further education.
‘I had been thinking about going into estate agency for a while and started to look for openings – then I spotted the position on the apprenticeships vacancies website and decided to apply.’
Since Adam started at the company in 2012 he has already received several promotions and won an apprentice of the year award in the same year.
‘An apprenticeship is a wise option for young people leaving school,’ said Adam.
‘It has put me well on the way to achieving important goals in my career, which would never have been possible without my apprenticeship with Positive Outcomes.
Adam has been given a training advisor who he can contact if he is having any difficulties and who visits with work to talk about how the job is going.
He highlighted that with an apprenticeship he was able to start a career without having to pay university fees.
Positive Outcomes chief executive Chris Longmate said: ‘Apprenticeship is certainly the buzzword at the moment – in government, business forums, schools and colleges – because apprenticeships make sense.
‘Why spend thousands of pounds on a university degree when there is no guarantee of employment at the end?’
The company is running its eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 9 to 13 to showcase how apprenticeships are an effective route into employment that covers all sectors.