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Bill will achieve his career goals with an apprenticeship in Cumbria

Published on: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Categorised under: Work, Learn , Apprentices, Athena PTS, Barrow, Energy, Return

Bill Wilson, 24, an Apprentice Electrical Engineer at Athena PTS, lives in Barrow

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.


Bill took his A levels at Barrow Sixth Form College, before studying English at university in Preston. After having a change of heart about his career path during his time at university, Bill is now confident that he can fulfil his ambitions with an apprenticeship at Athena PTS.

“In my second year at uni, I didn’t enjoy my course,” he said. “I realised I wanted to start a career with opportunities to progress and move forward.

“I decided on an apprenticeship as you can still earn valued qualifications, an NVQ 3 and HNC [Higher National Certificate]. I’m really enjoying it and I feel like I’m learning more vocational skills than I would’ve done at uni.

“I met Dan Jackson when we studied the same course at Furness College and now we’re both doing apprenticeships at Athena PTS.

“Our colleagues Adam and Ryan are doing their degree part-time at Furness College so I think it would be good to finish my apprenticeship and go on to do a degree as well. It’s an option with the company.

“It’s never too late to start an apprenticeship and it’ll be worth it for me at the end. I’m doing mine at 24 and I’m really enjoying it.

“It’s important for people to make an educated and informed choice about their career rather than thinking there’s an automatic next step.”

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