Apprentice for a Day


Apprentice for a Day

Series of six short films follows a group of teenagers as they try being an apprentice for the day in a wide variety of trades.


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High-tech engineer, dental nurse, hairdresser - an apprenticeship

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can be a great way to get yourself skilled up without going to uni,

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and earn some hard cash while you're training.

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There are currently over 1,500 types of job you can do

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as an apprentice. To find out more, we got together six school students.

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Each will discover what it's like to be an apprentice for a day.

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The would-be apprentices meet someone who knows

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plenty about jobs and how to choose the right one.

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Before even thinking about what apprenticeship you should take,

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it's really important you guys start thinking about what you're good at.

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What's most important is you enjoy what you do

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because if you are happy, then you will be successful.

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Here's Ellie's story.

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Hi, I'm Ellie, I'm 15 years old and I'm currently doing my GCSEs.

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My favourite subjects are food tech and art

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but, most of all, I enjoy baking.

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Last year, we did a competition called the Future Chef competition

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and my school entered our class into it and I won my school heat for that

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and then we got into the North West Finals.

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It was really exciting. I think I learnt a lot from it.

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Mum, come and taste my cheesecake.

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When I cook something and then everyone enjoys it,

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it makes it feel worthwhile.

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Mmm, very nice, Ellie, it tastes lovely.

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I don't really know much about apprenticeships,

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but I'd like to find out more about them.

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Ellie has an in-depth session with careers mentor Aimee.

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OK, Ellie, have you got an idea of what you'd like to do in your career?

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-Er, involved with, like, cooking and baking...

-Cooking?

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-I like the creative side of it.

-OK.

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When I saw cooking in GCSEs at school, it got me really interested in it.

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Would you say that was a real passion?

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Yeah, the creative side of it.

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What about the academic side of things? Is that something that you enjoy?

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I mostly enjoy like more like art and food technology

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instead of like science and maths.

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So it's fair to say that you are more of a practical learner, a doer.

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-You want to get out there and do?

-Yeah.

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So as part of your journey and your decision about this apprenticeship,

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how about you spend the day with one of the UK's leading chefs?

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Yeah, that would be really good!

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First step - Ellie needs to look the part.

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Let's go.

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Top British Chef, Michael Caines, has two Michelin stars

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and runs some of the country's finest restaurants.

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He's employed dozens of apprentices.

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One them is 18-year-old pastry chef Aidan.

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Go on, Aidan. In you go. That's it, perfect. Excellent.

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He's on a two-year apprenticeship and is ready to show Ellie

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how things work in a professional kitchen.

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-Hi, Ellie, I'm Aidan.

-Hi, I'm Ellie.

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OK, Ellie, so today we're just going to make some macaroons.

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-Have you ever made any macaroons before?

-No.

-OK, wonderful.

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So how did you get in to being an apprentice?

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From school, I started working on weekends at a local restaurant,

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which gave me good experience in working in a professional kitchen.

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And then after that, working for two years and weekends,

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I, er, applied to do my NVQ2 at college,

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through Michael Caines' apprenticeship.

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Good GCSE grades helped Aidan get the apprenticeship.

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So when I first started, I specialised in the pastry section

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so, you know, making the bread and doing preparation for lunch service.

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From making the bread,

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Aidan quickly progressed to creating elaborate desserts.

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The pastry section is quite different to the main kitchen.

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You've got to be exact with your measurements and all that,

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because if you don't have precise measurements,

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the recipe won't work.

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So you look like you really enjoy your job,

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would you say there's any downsides?

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The disadvantage is obviously the unsociable hours,

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but that's what comes with the job.

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So what are the advantages of doing

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an apprenticeship rather than just going to college?

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In college, you're being taught by one teacher

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and say about 20 students.

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But the advantage of being in an apprenticeship in the workplace

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is you're the one student

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being taught by 20 chefs,

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so you get all their knowledge for yourself.

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Do you think it's good to be earning money while you're training?

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Yes, definitely so. It's nice to have a bit of money

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just to do what you want with it.

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And Aidan has some clever tips about how to get noticed as an apprentice.

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On your days off, you can always get your cookery books,

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start making your own things and then go into work and show them,

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showing that you're learning. They love that.

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It's all about learning. What you put in, you'll get out basically.

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Within our apprenticeship programme,

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we're looking for bright, young individuals

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that want to engage with the hospitality industry and within our company and progress.

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And we offer lots of progression for those individuals.

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I think somebody like you, Ellie, is a really good candidate

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because you've shown that you're interested, you've taken part

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with the competition,

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you've also done work experience,

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which is really all very, very positive when you go to an employer like myself.

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Would you recommend a career as a chef?

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If I can't recommend a career in cooking, then nobody can!

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I think it's a great industry that Britain can be proud of,

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along with fashion and all the other wonderful things we are exporting.

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One of the things that makes Britain very special is multiculturalism -

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the fact that we have influence from all around the world in our culture,

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within our society and that's reflecting on our cuisine.

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And that identity that we have about being British

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is something people want to buy into

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as well as us being able to export

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along with all the other great things in the UK.

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I've really enjoyed myself today, I found it really fun.

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I thought that, in the kitchen,

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it was more relaxed than I thought it would be. But most importantly,

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I realise I can use my creative side when working.

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I think it would be really good for me.

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Here's Josh's story.

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Hi, my name's Josh. I'm 16.

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At school, I study A levels in maths, chemistry, physics and biology.

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One of my hobbies is climbing!

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As well as my climbing, I enjoy doing rugby.

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I've got a moderate hearing loss,

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so I've got to wear hearing aids to bring it to a normal level.

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You may see it inside the ear.

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They haven't kept me back from doing anything.

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I don't really know what apprenticeships involve,

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so I'd be keen to find out and learn more.

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Josh has an in-depth session with careers mentor Aimee.

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So, Josh, have you had any thoughts of what you might like to do with your career?

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-Well, I've looked at dentistry.

-OK.

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I did some work experience and found it really interesting.

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So how are you thinking you are going to get there?

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I'm studying my A levels now and the dental courses

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-I've looked at are three As, or two As and a B.

-Very competitive, yeah.

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It's a lot of pressure to put on someone to try and get those grades.

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You could actually use an apprenticeship as a route to that goal.

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An apprenticeship as a dental nurse would be a really good way

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for you to then get on to a dental degree.

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I think that would be a really good option for you,

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so that you haven't put a massive amount of pressure on this one route.

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And what we've arranged is for you to spend a day

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with an award-winning dental practice. How does that sound?

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Yeah, that sounds exciting. It'd be a good experience.

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Josh is spending the day with a dental practice

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owned and run by husband and wife team, Jim and Marcia Fotheringham.

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They've won national recognition for their apprentice training programme.

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Ready to work!

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Josh is going to shadow recently qualified dental nurse Philippa.

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After passing GCSEs in maths, English and science,

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then a diploma in health care at college,

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Philippa took a year's apprenticeship here,

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gaining an NVQ Level 3.

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It is a good job, really challenging and rewarding.

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I do like being in the surgery -

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that's my favourite bit, to be working alongside the dentist.

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She's going to show Josh how a surgery works.

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-Hi, nice to meet you.

-Hi.

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I think it's helpful to work on the job alongside dentists

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and other nurses that have done the course

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and then going to college one night a week

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because there was other girls on the courses that we did,

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and they were just at college,

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whereas we were working alongside a dentist at the time,

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and we knew a lot more

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and were picking up on it a lot faster than what they were.

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I'm happy to put a repair on it but at least let's take an X-ray.

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We're just X-raying a patient's tooth

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to see what's causing the problems in his mouth.

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There's so little tooth left, you need some reinforcement in there,

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so it probably needs a root filling.

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What subjects did you do at school that you find useful now?

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Obviously, your sciences, things like that are useful

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but also stuff like your English.

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IT was good because everything is on computers now.

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It used to be all on cards, but it's all on to computers now.

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When the dentist is dictating notes, telling you which teeth are missing,

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which teeth have got amalgam fillings, composites, crowns,

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you need to be able to keep on track of all that.

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I think it's nice to challenge yourself and do that extra bit,

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so you can go on to university.

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So this is a glass isonomer cement that we're going to mix today,

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which is a filling material that's used in dentistry.

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I would like to go into dental hygiene

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but, in the meantime, I would like to do some other courses

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like radiography, oral health, things like that.

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It's always good to get extra qualifications

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before you go on to do other things.

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We obviously are looking for people with GCSE qualifications.

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But there been times when we have had a person

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who started out as just coming in as a cleaner,

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they then became a receptionist,

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they then became a nurse

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and the particular person I'm now thinking of

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is off at university becoming a dentist.

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What kind of qualities do you look for

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when you take on a young apprentice?

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I always say to people get as much education as you can,

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but, in case you are somebody who hasn't had it, don't let that stop you from coming in.

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As long as you are interested in doing the work,

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because obviously you need the education once you come in here,

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so you need to be willing to do that.

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As long as you are somebody like that, we can always work with the rest of it.

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You don't see many male dental nurses.

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Is it a job you would recommend for a male?

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I think that the profession of dental nurses

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had been affected in a negative way by low salaries at one point.

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I think since that's changed.

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I'm hoping and I expect to see

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more men apply for those kinds of positions

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because now they are getting paid well

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and making money is always good.

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I've really enjoyed today. It's been a good experience. I've learnt a lot.

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I definitely think an apprenticeship could be a good way into the profession.

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Here's Lewis's story.

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Hi, my name's Lewis, I'm 17.

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I'm doing maths, geography and business at A levels.

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My hobbies are biking...

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..skiing...

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and photography.

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But what I really love doing is flying those.

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It's like the dream you had when you were a child

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to just take off and fly.

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The view is just amazing.

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I love everything mechanical really,

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especially if it's got an engine on it.

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I often get shouted at sometimes.

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Instead of doing the work that I should be doing,

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I get distracted and start fixing things.

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I'd like to own my own business and be my own boss.

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It would have to be something that I'm passionate about

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and I think it's the best way of making money.

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So I think that an apprenticeship might be the way forward,

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but I don't know much about them so I'd like to find out more.

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Lewis has an in-depth session with careers mentor Aimee.

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You do fly helicopters, and how long have you being doing that?

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-Since I was 14.

-That's incredible! How many hours have you done?

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I've done eight out of 45, which I need for my pilot's licence.

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OK, so this isn't just something that you think you'd like to do,

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-you're actually doing it...

-I'm working towards it.

-..and loving it.

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Look at your eyes light up when you talk about that.

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So is that something you'd like to

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-incorporate into your career, longer term?

-Yes, yeah.

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Are there any areas at the moment that you, I suppose at school,

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those type of stuff or any jobs

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you think, "I definitely wouldn't want to do that"?

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-Um, a normal job.

-Like a desk job.

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You don't want to be sat behind a desk for eight hours.

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-Have you thought much about apprenticeships?

-Yeah, I have,

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because I don't really fancy going to university either.

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Right, OK, I would say that

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possibly looking at an apprenticeship within engineering,

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-maybe something like that?

-Yeah.

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What I've organised for you is to go and spend a day

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with one of the UK's leading engineering companies.

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-Does that sound good?

-Brilliant.

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-Well, let's do that.

-Yeah, that's brilliant, yeah. Thank you.

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Time for Lewis to get suited and booted.

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Let's go!

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Lewis will be shadowing 16-year-old Natasha.

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She's just a few months into

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an advanced technical apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce.

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The three-year course

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will enable her to qualify as a manufacturing engineer.

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Natasha starts by taking Lewis

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on a grand tour of the company's state-of-the-art apprentice academy.

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It's base to around 250 apprentices.

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So what's the process for getting an apprenticeship with this company?

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We first had to apply online, it was all online, and upload your CV,

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a bit about yourself, why you wanted to be an apprentice,

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what you thought you could bring to the company.

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Then after that, you got a call back, an interview.

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You had to have a bit of background knowledge about Rolls-Royce -

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the engines or the company -

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and they test you on your knowledge on that.

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And the last one was all about you.

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You had to bring in a project you had done

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or something you had been working on.

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They also ask why you should be an apprentice, why should they choose you over anyone else.

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You have to really think about that and make yourself stand out.

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The nozzle has a spiral on it.

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That's one to scare the birds off or to show which way the fan is turning when it is in flight...

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Engineering is sometimes traditionally seen as a male occupation,

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so how is it being a female in this environment?

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You don't get treated any differently.

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I think the only thing maybe is you feel more pushed to prove yourself,

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that you can work in this environment.

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There's nothing that puts us back.

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Everyone gets on and everyone's an equal.

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So this is the CNC Section, the computer controlled milling,

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we're going to show you what happens over here now.

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Press the green button.

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Where do you see yourself being in a few years' time?

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Within my role, I can go anywhere.

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Capability acquisition, which is bringing in new projects, new ideas,

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trying to bring them through from the concept of the idea

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right through to the idea being physically there.

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There's continuous improvement,

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which is taking an old product or an old project

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and trying to see how you can make it better, how it can be improved.

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There's also the design side of it, new ideas, new concepts.

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We do a lot of workshop-based things. We're trying to disassemble

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a starter motor, and this is for a Trent 1000 jet engine.

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Although there's a firm structure to the learning,

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it's also down to the individual to make the most of their training.

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We can sit and do nothing if we want to, but if we want to get somewhere,

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it's our responsibility to get there.

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We've got to self-manage ourselves, do our own work.

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They do help us, they do push us, but it's up to us in the end.

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And are there any downsides?

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There's the NVQ, the BTEC, and there's also additional courses

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and it is a lot to take on,

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so it can get quite stressful when things build up.

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But it's worth the effort and all the hard work

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and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

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It's time for Lewis to meet the boss and find out more.

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We've got a huge range of apprenticeship programmes

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within the organisation.

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Practical apprenticeships, technical apprenticeships,

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higher apprenticeships,

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but the variety of those roles is very broad.

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It can be engineering, manufacturing, it can be design,

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it can be leadership, it can be programme management.

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So there is a huge variety of roles that we have.

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There's a lot of competition for good apprenticeship places.

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Some employers will train you in basic skills,

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but most, like this company, will want to see decent GCSE grades,

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or equivalent qualifications, to get on Advanced Apprenticeships.

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And, for Higher Apprenticeships, you'll require strong A level,

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or equivalent, qualifications.

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For me, it's all about motivation, application and attitude.

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The round of skills we're looking for

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is the flexibility, the motivation.

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People who are really going to lead their own development

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and take accountability for their programme and develop themselves

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through a structured framework that we have in place within the company.

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So would you recommend an engineering apprenticeship to a young person?

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I started as an apprentice myself.

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I think it gives you great foundations for the rest of your career,

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so I certainly would recommend the apprenticeship pathway.

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It's been a fascinating day here.

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I'm quite amazed at the number of apprenticeships

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that are available with this world-leading company in engineering.

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I think I might go and apply now!

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Here's Beth's story.

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Hi, I'm Beth, I'm 14.

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I'm studying English, maths and science GCSEs at school.

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I really like doing science and, on a Saturday, I work here.

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Hello, Prestige.

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When I am in the salon, I take appointments,

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do quite a lot of cleaning around, make sure that it's nice and clean.

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I really like the atmosphere, they're really nice people to work with.

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I like to do my mum's nails quite a lot,

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if we are just like sat relaxing.

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If my mum isn't at home I like to be going out shopping with my dad,

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but I make sure he's got his credit card on him so I can spend his money.

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At this stage in my life, I think I need to have some good skills

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and qualifications

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so I can achieve my goal for where I want to be in the future.

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I don't really know much about an apprenticeship,

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but I think I would like to know more.

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Beth has an in-depth session with careers mentor Aimee.

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So, Beth, I'd like to know what it is that you'd like to

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-do with your career. Have you got any ideas yet?

-Erm...

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well, with my career I want to make it further

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-and be involved with hairdressing and beauty therapy.

-OK.

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Have you worked in a hairdressing salon before?

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I've got some experience within a salon.

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That's fantastic because when you're going for apprenticeships and when

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employers are looking for new staff, anybody that's already got that

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experience is going to... It's like they think it's tried and tested,

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you've done that, you're definitely sure this is the career

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you want to do. So your nightmare job would be?

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Sat in front of a computer all day.

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OK. So what does the dream look like then?

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Well, hopefully,

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I'll be owning my own salon doing hairdressing and beauty.

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That's fantastic.

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So, how about we organise for you to spend the day with

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one of the UK's leading hairdressers.

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-Really?

-Does that sound OK?

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-Yeah, that sounds really good.

-OK, let's do that then.

-OK.

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Beth is spending the day with

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twice-winner of British Hairdresser of the Year Andrew Collinge.

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I think people really like to feel glamorous

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and really dress their hair well.

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He has two salons employing recent graduate apprentices

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and runs two purpose-built training academies,

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which have been classed as outstanding by Ofsted.

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Currently, he's responsible for nearly 200 apprentices.

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I think this is great. I mean, I particularly

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like the fringe area because you've made it slightly asymmetric,

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which is always really flattering rather than just too straight.

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Looks great. Really good.

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I'm ready to work.

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Beth is going to shadow 17-year-old Natasha.

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She's halfway through a two-year apprenticeship here,

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which will earn her an NVQ Level 2.

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Students can stay on for a further year to take

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an Advanced Apprenticeship, gaining an NVQ Level 3.

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Natasha shows Beth her prized possession -

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the kit case every apprentice gets when they start.

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If we open it,

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it's got everything you need inside. So you'll get all your clips,

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all your combs, your brush bag with all of your brushes in.

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How come you chose to do an apprenticeship rather than

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being on a full-time college course?

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I think it's more hands-on really if you are doing an apprenticeship

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and plus, you meet lots of new people. These are like people that

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you're going to know for quite a while

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because you're working with them for so long,

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so you're making really good friends,

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like lifetime friends maybe even.

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It's more hands-on, more practical.

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You're getting experience off watching really experienced

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people do their work and do their clients,

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so really you are just learning from watching.

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When you slide intercut, you can release the length.

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It gives the impression of the hair being a bit longer.

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-How's that? That's a top tip.

-THEY LAUGH

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What subjects did you do in school

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that you find useful being a hairdresser?

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Obviously you take maths and your English and stuff like that,

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so I passed both of them.

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I found it easier with the maths to mix up the ratios with

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the colours and the peroxides,

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so even though it's on the wall next to you, you still can work it out

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in your head how much you need and how much you've got to put in,

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and then with your English, I think really it's just about speaking

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properly to the clients. It's not about changing how you speak

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or making yourself sound posh, it's just speaking correctly to them.

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Are there any downsides to having a hairdressing job?

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The only thing is that you've got to wake up at like

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six o'clock in the morning sometimes to come to work to be in for eight.

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But I love working earlies, it just make the day go so much quicker.

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How important is it to be earning money while you're training?

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You feel better earning you own money

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because you don't have to then go and ask your parents for money,

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and have to be constantly owing them money back.

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When you are working and you've got your own money

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it's fine, because you can go and do whatever you want with it

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because it's your money, you've earned it.

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We're looking for someone that's just enthusiastic.

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It doesn't necessarily have to say they can have skills at that point,

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but just really have the right attitude.

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It's really well to try and do as well as you can at school.

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Say, for example, you have a GCSE Level C and above

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in English and Maths,

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then you won't have to do what's called functional skills.

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Otherwise, when you are here part of your day will be doing

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things like arithmetic and English.

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So doing well at school can really help you. You can sort

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of fast-track and get on quicker learning how to be a hairdresser.

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That's incredible. It really is, to be able to put the hair up

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that neatly, with hair that is so long, requires real skill.

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To be doing this when you are only halfway through

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the first year of training is fantastic.

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Apprentices and hairdressing go really well together.

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Yes, when you start, it's not a particularly high wage,

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but you are being paid while you train,

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and the great thing about hairdressing is the vast majority

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of people that do an apprenticeship go on to full-time employment.

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You can work in a salon, you can own your own business,

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you can decide if you want to work on photoshoots,

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become what's called a session stylist.

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If you've got top qualifications in hairdressing, it really is

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a passport to travel the world.

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Pull it so the ponytail sort of jumps away from the head slightly.

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You can do that by taking a few sections

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and sort of wrapping it around,

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and then just put a grip in here.

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I have heard that hairdressers are quite positive and happy people.

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Is that correct?

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They do surveys from time to time and hairdressers

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invariably come out at the top of the people most happy at work.

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I think it is really good to be able to be creative all the time.

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No two hairstyles are ever the same, so every day is different.

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It's a job where you really control your own destiny.

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I think everyone who is training here today would agree with me

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that they really are in a very worthwhile career.

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I've had a really good day today.

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I've learnt a lot of being in a big teaching environment.

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As soon as I'm 16, I'm signing up for a hairdressing apprenticeship.

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Here's Evie's story.

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Hi, I'm Evie.

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I'm 15. I'm doing ten GCSEs, my favourite one is PE,

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but what I really love doing is playing football.

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I've played it since I was seven

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and it's a great feeling when you score a goal.

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I live in the Lake District, so I love outdoor activities.

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I love hill walking and I do a lot of road cycling.

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For my future, I've been considering university courses but I've also been

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looking at apprenticeships and I'd really like to find out more.

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Evie has an in-depth session with careers mentor Aimee.

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I'm into loads of different sports.

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I've played four different sports at county level.

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-Do you get involved in the coaching side of it?

-Yeah.

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I help out with the PDC, which is the Play Development Centre

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in Cumbria, and I help coach the under 11s and under 9s girls.

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OK. Do you enjoy that?

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I do, I love it. I'm not bothered about money

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and that sort of stuff.

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I was going to ask what motivates you.

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I'm motivated by doing what I love doing and helping people.

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And the good thing about not being motivated by money is that

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that allows you a massive amount of freedom,

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because then you can just, "Right. What do I really love doing?"

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And make that your career and it can be done for sure. For sure.

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So taking that on board, all of the things that

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you enjoy and also the things that you are good at,

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we'll organise for you to spend the day with one of the leading

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outdoor educational centres. How does that sound?

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Sounds brilliant. I'd love to do that, yeah.

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-I think you'd be fantastic at it.

-Thank you.

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Evie's going to spend the day

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shadowing apprentice outdoor learning tutor Tom.

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Go and stand over there for me, please. Go, go, go.

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So, team, may I introduce Evie.

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Evie is going to be working with us today.

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ALL: Hi, Evie!

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And it's straight in at the deep end, leading a group of inner city

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youngsters up a mountainside torrent.

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Good balancing there.

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When I came in, I didn't really have any qualifications as such.

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I've got a lot of outdoor experience,

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but I didn't have any actual pieces of paper to back that up.

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But they could see that I was keen and willing to learn.

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Tom's halfway through his year apprenticeship.

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When he's finished, he'll have an NVQ Level 3 qualification

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and a Mountain Leader Award.

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But it's not just about doing adventurous activities.

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To be a successful outdoor tutor,

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you need to know how to deal well with children.

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It's a lot about projecting the right kind of attitudes to the kids.

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If something is difficult, then you need to make them

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think that they can do it

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because a lot of them, they have the capacity to do these things,

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they just... There's an overriding discomfort there,

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because a lot of these kids have never even walked on uneven

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ground before, you know, so to take them up a mountain is a big step.

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The bigger ones can get their feet on. The littler ones can only get

0:28:370:28:41

their knees on and they will come up on their knees.

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If you can, you can put your foot here. If you can. There we go.

0:28:430:28:49

Brilliant.

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Why did you decide to do this sort of qualification instead

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of going to university?

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You can come out of university having spent about 48 grand

0:28:550:28:58

after three or four years at uni,

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and you'd come out with maybe a couple of qualifications.

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You can learn things doing this every day that you don't

0:29:040:29:09

learn in the classroom.

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Three years spent working in the outdoors versus three years

0:29:100:29:13

studying the outdoors doesn't give you the same level of experience.

0:29:130:29:15

Shall we carry on? Who's going to be our next leader?

0:29:150:29:19

It's a bit cold, but it's good fun.

0:29:190:29:21

You have to be 18 to do this apprenticeship and you

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actually live here whilst you're doing it. How do you find that?

0:29:230:29:26

It's amazing, yeah. I mean, the pay's not great

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but at the end of the month I still get 400 quid in my pocket.

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I don't have any overheads. I get all my food.

0:29:320:29:34

I never have to worry about anything like that,

0:29:340:29:36

so you know I think it's a pretty good shout.

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And for the view that I've got, looking out across Derwent Water,

0:29:380:29:41

it's second to none.

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Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship?

0:29:430:29:46

Absolutely. Yes, I would.

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I think it is a superb way to spend time.

0:29:480:29:51

You'll get a sound base of skills - people skills,

0:29:510:29:54

group skills, teamwork skills - that will help you in any job.

0:29:540:29:58

My personal confidence three years after starting down this road

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is so much greater than it was when I started.

0:30:030:30:06

Yeah, I'd absolutely whole-heartedly recommend it.

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The sun's out now. Beautiful.

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I guess we are looking for some confidence of

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working with young people.

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So we are look for some evidence that apprentices have either

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worked in the past with kids,

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or they've done some volunteering like, you know, through

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sort of Scouts and Guides, or even just gone to like the local primary

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school and asked if they can sort of help out and do stuff like that.

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One more, Alexis. Hook that foot up onto the next one.

0:30:350:30:38

So bring your feet up. Brilliant.

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From a skills point of view,

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if you look at sort of, you know, canoeing, kayaking, hill walking,

0:30:430:30:46

rock climbing, those are like your sort of your mainstay activities.

0:30:460:30:50

We're really after some strength in a couple of those,

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maybe some qualifications, even just at the basic sort of level.

0:30:530:30:57

But also we are after people who have got quite

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a lot of personal experience.

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If you are working at sort of this level with kids, you need to have

0:31:010:31:04

a personal experience level of something like that

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to give you a decent buffer zone in case you come across any problems.

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Would you recommend an apprenticeship as a good way in to the outdoor industry?

0:31:110:31:14

Yeah, definitely.

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It's one of a number of ways in and it's one of those jobs where

0:31:150:31:18

there isn't a clear career path in.

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Certainly here, it gives young people a great opportunity to come

0:31:210:31:24

and be based in the Lake District

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and to get out, and when you're not working, get out

0:31:250:31:28

and play in the Lake District as well, which is actually

0:31:280:31:31

encouraged because it's all working on your personal experience.

0:31:310:31:34

It's not a particularly well-paid industry.

0:31:340:31:36

There are good jobs out there, but they are hard to get

0:31:360:31:39

and you need to be good, so the younger you start,

0:31:390:31:41

the more chance of sticking in you have to get those good jobs.

0:31:410:31:45

Outdoor education is a kind of a worldwide phenomenon really.

0:31:450:31:48

It's a fantastic opportunity to travel,

0:31:480:31:50

to get a suntan and just be able to enjoy yourself,

0:31:500:31:54

and do those activities in lots of different places

0:31:540:31:58

and it's just wonderful.

0:31:580:32:00

I've had a really good day today.

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I've seen that Tom does something which he really loves to do.

0:32:040:32:07

He's earning money while he's still getting an education.

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I'm really interested to go find out more about all the different apprenticeships that are out there.

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Here's Courtney's story.

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Hi, I'm Courtney. I'm 15 years old, I'm doing seven GCSEs,

0:32:250:32:29

but what I really love doing is playing with Buster.

0:32:290:32:32

He's seven years old, nearly eight.

0:32:350:32:38

He's really big, but he's just a really big softy.

0:32:380:32:41

I like drawing. It's really creative.

0:32:440:32:47

It's just a nice way of relaxing.

0:32:470:32:50

I think I'm good at fixing things

0:32:500:32:52

and just putting things together, practical work.

0:32:520:32:56

I think I need to get some good qualifications and training behind me

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so I can get my own business.

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I don't actually know much about apprenticeships,

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but I'd really like find out more.

0:33:080:33:10

So, Courtney, have you any ideas about what you would like to do?

0:33:140:33:18

Yeah, I was thinking I might want to do a plumbing apprenticeship.

0:33:180:33:23

OK. What's made you think down that route?

0:33:230:33:25

I've always wanted to do something not so expected.

0:33:250:33:31

Something different that, I suppose, girls wouldn't necessarily be

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thought of in that industry. OK. What about fixing things

0:33:340:33:37

and being practical, cos plumbing is all about that, isn't it?

0:33:370:33:40

Yeah. When I was a child,

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I always used to break my sister's toys just to fix them.

0:33:420:33:45

-Did you really?

-Yeah.

0:33:450:33:47

OK. So this does sound like the type of job that you'd be very good at.

0:33:470:33:50

So as part of that, do you think that this is something

0:33:500:33:53

you'd like to do long-term? What does the end goal look like?

0:33:530:33:56

I'd really like to get my own business.

0:33:560:33:58

I've always pictured myself having my own little white van

0:33:580:34:02

with my name on it.

0:34:020:34:03

OK. Well, let's make it happen.

0:34:030:34:06

So as part of that route then, let's look at apprenticeships.

0:34:060:34:09

How about we arrange for you to go and spend the day with

0:34:090:34:12

one of the most high-profile plumbing businesses in the UK?

0:34:120:34:15

-How about that? Does that sound OK?

-That sounds good.

-Let's do that.

0:34:150:34:19

Courtney is going to shadow 22-year-old Billy.

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He's recently completed a three-year apprenticeship

0:34:250:34:28

here at Pimlico Plumbers in Central London

0:34:280:34:31

and today, he's going to show Courtney some basic skills.

0:34:310:34:35

Many companies, like this one,

0:34:350:34:37

team up with a local college to offer both on-the-job training and

0:34:370:34:41

a day a week spent in the classroom as part of the apprenticeship.

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I got my Level 2 NVQ

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and then that allowed me to work on plumbing,

0:34:450:34:48

and toilets and bathrooms and stuff,

0:34:480:34:52

and then after that, went on to do my Level 3, which then

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goes into a bit more depth and I was able to do my gas.

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So I can work on boilers and heating and stuff.

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There you go, your very first soldered joint. Not bad.

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-Not bad at all.

-That felt so natural.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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That was good. That's a very good joint.

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Billy's now most of the way through a two-year extended

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training programme, which will allow him to go out on jobs

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without being supervised by a senior plumber.

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-Where do you see yourself in a couple of years time?

-I'm now 22.

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I'd like to, by the time I'm 23, is to go out there and hopefully earn

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60 to £70,000 a year and then by the time I'm 30, hopefully,

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is to own my own house. That's my goal.

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What did you take from school that's helpful to you working as a plumber?

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When you are working with pipes and stuff, you need to know sizes and different equations.

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Obviously, maths always helps. English is always a good one.

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Obviously you need to have clear handwriting when you're writing stuff for customers -

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they need to be able to understand it as well as you.

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So, Courtney, what we've got here is a blocked toilet.

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I'm going to show you how to unblock one.

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Is plumbing a good job and would you recommend it?

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Plumbing is a good job. I would recommend it.

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You can't be too fussed about your nails or your hair,

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you are going to get dirty.

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Sometimes you can't always use these,

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so you've just got to go bare-handed

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and just pull out... Oh, there's something here.

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Hold up. Oh, there it is.

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Thankfully, today, for demonstration purposes,

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it's nothing worse than a chocolate bar.

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It's a good job, it's enjoyable

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and from helping a customer, you get a lot of satisfaction.

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I think what I look for most in a young person

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is determination and drive when they come in.

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You've got to have a passion for it.

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It's something that takes three to five years to do as an apprentice,

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and then you actually become a plumber at the end of that, you know.

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It feels like it's going to break!

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So how much do you earn when you are an apprentice plumber

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and how much can you earn when you are fully qualified?

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I would say that apprentices are not paid the greatest whichever

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company they work for, however, it's not a short-term thing.

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At the end of it, the earning potential is great,

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it's fantastic, it's huge.

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Our plumbers in London can earn, on average, about £50,000 a year,

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but if they put more work in and more hours in, they can earn

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anything up to £100,000 a year and some even slightly more than that.

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But they are working hard for that.

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But we always say, you know, the money that you can earn has

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to be honest and it has to be for a quality service that you deliver

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and that's something that all trades people should aspire to.

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Do you think it's a good job for a woman to get into?

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I think plumbing or any of the trades are an excellent trade for women to get into.

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Although people may think it's a bit unusual being a girl turn up

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in a plumber's van and toolbox, they do like it

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and the girls who work for us, they remain extremely busy,

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they have great clientele and they are really highly thought of.

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I'd recommend it.

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It's been a great day.

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I've had lots of fun.

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I've learnt a lot and now I know that I want to be a plumber.

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Hi-tech engineer, hairdresser, plumber, chef, outdoor education tutor, dental nurse - they all have to start their careers somewhere. An apprenticeship can be a terrific way into a job, to earn while you learn and offers a real alternative to university for many young people. This dynamic series of six short films follows a group of engaging teenagers as they try out being an apprentice for the day in a wide variety of trades.


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