Bethany took on a Business Admin apprenticeship after studying for her A levels at Barrow Sixth Form College.
“I always wanted to do an apprenticeship rather than go to university,” she said. “With an apprenticeship, you get the experience and you get paid while you learn.
“I enjoyed accounting, but I thought a Business Admin apprenticeship would open a lot more avenues and I could later specialise in accounting if that’s what I still wanted to do.
“I started off doing a one-year Level 2 NVQ at Bender UK and then studied my Level 3 for two years.
“Bender UK is now putting me through my AAT course in Accounting. I had an A level in Accounting so I’ve managed to go straight in at Level 4 [equivalent to a foundation degree] which has given me a head start. I’m studying at Furness College one morning and a couple of hours in the evening every week.
“I’m glad I chose an apprenticeship as I’ve done just as well as friends who’ve gone to uni. I’ve got a job I really enjoy and I’m furthering my career by doing the AAT.”