Trinity supports and encourages students in this process. It is a privilege to help increasing numbers of students prepare for apprenticeship applications.
“Employers look for teamwork and good communication skills,” says Mrs Highmore, Head of Careers. “But it’s the more unusual skills: commitment; energy; hunger to absorb new information quickly; a desire to understand a business and its customer; and the ability to interact in a mature manner with other adults, that really single out a successful candidate.”
George (pictured far right) left Trinity in 2018, to start a degree apprenticeship with Commerzbank. After six rounds of tests and interviews, he was offered a place from 1200 applicants.
George says: “I realised I could do something I enjoy while studying for a degree without getting into debt. I wanted to take on a role where I could make a difference and learn invaluable work skills. It was the perfect fit.”
Oscar left in 2019 having secured an apprenticeship in the asset management division of global investment company, First State Investments.
Oscar says: “ My apprenticeship applications involved hard work and detailed research. Preparation and practice proved crucial. I use these skills daily now, combining further study with my job. I love working at First State Investments, as I get to see the direct effects of world events on the economy. I enjoy talking to clients and my confidence has grown quickly. I look forward to developing my career in finance and have no regrets about going down the apprenticeship route.”
Harry secured apprenticeship offers from both Siemens and Opita (a specialist in the North Sea engineering world).
Harry says: “At school I always enjoyed putting theory into practice, so exploring the apprenticeship route was a natural fit for me. Applying for engineering apprenticeships required conviction and commitment as the selection process was very demanding. I was so pleased I persevered as working for Opita as an Instrumentation and Control apprentice has been fantastic and I will soon be joining a North Sea rig to put my skills to the test in the field. I would encourage all students to explore whether apprenticeships would suit them too.”
Sam left in 2019, having secured an offer for Grant Thornton’s School Leaver programme, which will lead to a full qualification as an accountant.
Sam says, “When considering my career options I looked carefully at both university and apprenticeship routes. I discovered the apprenticeship would enable me qualify more quickly as an accountant, which was a key factor in my decision to join Grant Thornton immediately after A-levels. I have really enjoyed my time with the firm and am still surprised by how much I learn every day. I would definitely recommend looking into apprenticeships if you are unsure whether university is right for you.”
Alex (pictured left) left Trinity in 2018 to start a four-year apprenticeship in farriery.
He says: “I’m really enjoying myself and have been able to work all through lockdown – horses’ feet don’t stop growing! I’d like to thank the school for its support in my career choice.”
Izzy (pictured left) was keen to end up in teaching and wanted to maximise her portfolio with a well spent gap year. She went to work in the prep section of a boarding school near Brighton in 2020 as a senior sports coach, boarding house supervisor and sports club assistant. She plans to work in the primary sector after obtaining her university degree.
Izzy says: ” I believe that working for this year was the best thing for me and am very grateful for the opportunities I got.”