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Apprentices at System Training got the opportunity to learn new skills when a unique job-swap, to help promote National Apprenticeship Week, saw accountancy students swap roles with motor mechanics.
Accountancy apprentices from Armstrong Watson are trained by System Training and work towards their Level 3 and Level 4 Accountancy Diplomas. Many apprentices use the qualifications as a base to progress to full chartered accountant status but they got their hands dirty in the workshop during a session which saw them fitting tyres, replacing brakes and repairing exhausts.
Meanwhile the motor vehicle apprentices, who are employed at garages and body shops across Cumbria, went back to the classroom with calculators in hand. They were given advice around business cashflow and the financial aspects of running a successful garage. These softer skills will complement the usual tyre fitting, mechanic and body repair skills they gain as part of their apprenticeship training.
System Training works closely with local schools and employers to deliver a range of apprenticeship programmes to young people. The vocational training continues to rise in popularity with many young people opting to earn while they learn and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6-10 February and aims to persuade employers of the advantages of employing and supporting apprentices in their workplace. It also highlights the range of apprenticeships available in different sectors and the progression routes available to potential apprentices.
Robin Brown, System Training Chief Executive, said: “System Training has always worked closely with local employers to deliver apprenticeships that make a real difference. It’s encouraging to see the apprentices swapping roles today to help raise awareness of National Apprenticeship Week and, with two very different industries coming together, I’m sure they will all have picked up some new skills from their training.”
Sue Kirkham, Armstrong Watson HR Director, said: “With increases in tuition fees and the current job environment for graduates, the apprenticeship route offers a real valid alternative to going to university. The accountancy apprenticeship has been fundamental in providing the theoretical and practical training in accountancy skills to enable our students to progress to such a high standard so quickly.”
Lauren Cannar (19, Carlisle), an accountancy apprentice, said: “It was really interesting to get an insight into what other apprentices do and great that we can use the opportunity to help promote apprenticeships. I went for an apprenticeship as it’s a real alternative to higher education and you get skills that you can’t get at University.