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The apprentices who make Easter

Businesses of all sizes pledged a further 30,000 new apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

Chloe-Jane Jones
Chloe-Jane Jones

An apprenticeship really can take you anywhere. So whether you’re learning to nurse baby lambs and chicks or getting stuck in on a busy manufacturing line making the nation’s Easter eggs, there’s an apprenticeship out there for everyone.

During the recent National Apprenticeship Week businesses of all sizes pledged a further 30,000 new apprenticeships. These new opportunities will give even more young people across the country a fast-track into a great career with the opportunity to earn while learning on the job.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

Apprenticeships are as varied as the people who do them. Whether you want to be a vet looking after spring lambs, or a chocolatier making Easter eggs, there is an apprenticeship for you.

We are driving to develop 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 so that people across the country can get stuck-in and build a great career.

Chloe-Jane Jones’ story

I chose the apprenticeship route because veterinary nursing is a very practical job, because of this I felt it would be best to learn and work at the same time. Since starting my advanced apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing specialising in small animals at Plumpton college I’ve learnt the skills I would need on a day to day basis at work.

Doing an apprenticeship and going to college has made me much more confident in the work place which is of benefit to me and my work colleagues.

Chloe Yarnall’s story

Chloe Yarnall
Chloe Yarnall

My apprenticeship on the Animal Zone at South Staffordshire College has enabled me to work with some amazing animals such as primates, farm animals, reptiles, birds and domestic pets and has given me the opportunity to pursue my lifelong career goal of becoming a zookeeper.

Published 27 March 2016