MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS

Modern Apprenticeship is by far the best way to gain qualifications and experience of the job you're going to be doing. Amruj Ali works as an Accountancy Modern Apprentice in the giro cash control department at Bradford Social Services. Amruj organises the pocket money for residents in homes for the elderly and works in the cashier's office dealing with members of the public. Amruj has already completed an NVQ Level 2 Accounts and has just started an NVQ Level 3. He currently spends one afternoon and evening each week studying at Bradford Community College. Bradford Social Services is very supportive and when he's finished his apprenticeship he plans on taking more qualifications.

'I'm learning more day to day by experience at work than if I sat in university full time for four or five years for a degree.'

Katherine works for Arvin Meritor in Birmingham. After sampling different work areas thanks to apprenticeship programs, Katherine has settled into production, which involves statistical process control and capability studies, and raising a range of technical documents.

'At first my arrival raised a few joking comments about what was a woman doing in engineering, but now I'm just one of the lads - they know I'm capable of doing my work and we're all part of the team.'

After completing NVQ Level 3 in technical services, Katherine began her NVQ Level 3 in quality control. She is also studying for a BTEC Higher National Certificate in mechanical engineering through day release at the University of Central England. When she has completed her Modern Apprenticeship she hopes to take a diploma course, equivalent to a degree, to confirm her status as a quality engineer.

'I'm learning more day to day by experience at work than if I sat in university full time for four or five years for a degree. Every day at work there is something new to be learned and it adds a realistic dimension to what I am taught on the day I go to college.'

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