18-year-old Alex, from Balby in Doncaster, went to Hill House School, and left after completing his A-Levels with the choice of going to university or taking an apprenticeship.
With A-Levels including Business, Sports and Physics, the school were pushing him towards the university route. However, Alex looked at government apprenticeships website, and decided this route was for him. He applied through AMRC-Training Centre, who matched him with Agemaspark in July 2020.
He started with the business in August 2020, before starting at AMRC-Training Centre with their September 2020 intake to study towards a Level 3 NVQ in Machining which is a 3-year apprenticeship. During the first year Alex spent 27 weeks full time at the training centre, then from August 2021 this changed to being 1 day a week at college and 4 days a week in at Agemaspark, with an assessor from the training centre monitoring his progress.
Alex knew he wanted to do something hands-on ever since studying Design & Technology early at secondary school but couldn’t continue to GCSE as the school got rid of the room! He didn’t do any work experience through his school, although he was always interested in building things, such as lego and construction. For him, an engineering apprenticeship was the ideal solution.
“Consider all your options, keep an open mind, keep looking and always stay motivated”.