MP's crusade shines light on talented Gosport apprentices

INSPIRING workers Samantha Buckley and Thomas Brading have been held up as beacons of success as part of Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage's campaign to boost apprenticeships.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:56 pm
SUCCESS Apprentices from Defence Munitions Gosport visiting the mayor of Gosport, Cllr Richard Dickson, a year ago

Twenty-six-year-old Samantha has worked at Alver Vets for seven years as a receptionist. She chose to do an apprenticeship to help develop her skills to help her find employment in the long term.

Samantaha said: ‘The best part of my role is meeting the customers and cuddling the animals.

‘I chose an apprenticeship to help enhance my business admin skills within my receptionist role. It will benefit me and the company. It will also help to develop my skills for future progression’.

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Thomas, 22, is an apprentice at Defence Munitions Gosport. He originally planned to do engineering at university, however after listening to the opinions of others and realising high current demand for apprentices, he decided an apprenticeship would be the best way to realise his ambitions.

He said: ‘I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone as it fully prepares you for a career in engineering and is, for the majority of the time, more sought after.

‘There is also a lot more certainty of the outcome, as you are pretty much guaranteed a job at the end of your time with the company.

‘Aiming for and then getting an apprenticeship is the best decision I’ve made’.

In response to the apprentices success, Ms Dinenage said: ‘While it was not Samantha and Thomas’s original plan to do an apprenticeship, they agree that the experience has given them both great opportunities to learn skills in their different sectors.

‘Their decisions will benefit them in the long run with expertise, knowledge and great possibilities for career progression’.

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