After initially moving out of Cumbria to attend university, Bill has now found a better career path with an apprenticeship at Athena PTS in the county.
Apprenticeships offer a high-quality career path for people looking to gain valuable work experience, develop industry specific skills and achieve a nationally recognised qualification while earning a salary.
Apprenticeships are offered across a wide range of sectors, and apprentices can be new or current employees of a business.
Many companies in Cumbria already recognise the benefits of employing apprentices, with many more set to follow when the government introduce an apprenticeship levy this spring.
There are four levels of apprenticeship available: Intermediate, Advanced, Higher or Degree, and the qualification can take between one and four years to complete.
|Name||Level||Equivalent educational level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A level passes|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|
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A Day in the Life
Dan has become an important part of the design team at Athena PTS after taking on an apprenticeship at the Barrow-based business.
Tammie is keen to encourage other women to choose a career in engineering after serving her time as an apprentice at Kimberly-Clark.