Apprenticeship allows Megan to achieve career aspirations

A 19 year old from Wellington has secured herself a place at university after completing an apprenticeship with a local training provider.

After leaving New College in 2015, Megan Moore enrolled on a Level 2 Support Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship with County Training, whilst working at John Wilkinson Primary School in Broseley.

Megan, who has always wanted to be a teacher, is due to start her BEd Honours Degree in Primary Education in September 2016. She strongly believes that her Level 2 apprenticeship has been instrumental in securing her university place; “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but my A Level grades didn’t secure me a university place straight after college. I applied to become an Apprentice Teaching Assistant with County Training, to ensure I could continue to pursue my career aspirations. This has enabled me to gain the vital experience and knowledge required to go on and secure an interview, and subsequently a conditional offer on the BEd in Primary Education at Wolverhampton University.”

Apprenticeships aren’t just for those leaving school and can play a crucial role in securing university places by providing young people with the work experience, skills and the industry specific knowledge required for a successful career. Many college leavers are now choosing apprenticeships as a gap year between college and university, allowing them time to gain a valuable insight into their chosen industry.   

Megan believes it is the knowledge she has gained from completing the qualification and being able to apply this to real situations that has played the biggest role in helping her to gain a university place. Jacqui Carter, Head Teacher at John Wilkinson Primary school has been very impressed by the progress Megan has made; “It’s great to see she is able to achieve her career aspirations through completing an apprenticeship with us. We wish her every success and would encourage other young people to follow in her footsteps and utilise this post-16 option more frequently for their professional development”.

County Training’s team of apprenticeship advisors support school and college leavers into apprenticeships, whilst also working with 19-23 year olds. As the largest provider of work-based training in Shropshire, the service has excellent links with businesses countywide, also supporting them with apprenticeship recruitment, along with training for existing employees.  In February 2015 County Training secured a ‘good’ Grade 2 in its Ofsted report, with outstanding grading awarded for health and social care, safeguarding and leadership and management, placing it as a leading training provider in Shropshire.

County Training delivers training and apprenticeships in the following areas: Business and Administration, Brewing, Childcare, Education, Equine, Customer Service, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, IT, Management and Warehouse and Storage. For more information please contact [email protected] or call 0345 6789023. Visit the website at