Despite government plans to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, according to the BBC the number of apprentices starting new programmes in England has dropped.

Becky Reardon our MD shares her experiences of employing apprentices…

“As a small business of six, we took the leap of taking on three apprentices. You might be thinking we were mad and at some points we’d agree! It is true that the three young apprentices had a lot to learn, including skills to carry out their roles and life skills that come with working in a business.

But we’ve never looked back. Why? Because we find raw talent and the right fit to be more important than experience. Whilst we have had to invest quite a bit of time into on the job training alongside college work, it’s definitely been worth it to have dedicated, talented individuals that embody our company ethos and values.”

Here’s what Embrace’s three former apprentices have to say…

“During my apprenticeship I’ve learnt an invaluable range of creative software and design skills whilst working on projects. I feel that this just wouldn’t have been possible at university. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone – especially in the creative industry.” Alex Vann

 

“When I finished my college course, I didn’t know what my next step would be, until a friend mentioned becoming an apprentice. I have just finished the apprenticeship and it was the best thing for me to do! I have learnt so many key life and graphic design skills. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who knows that university may not be for them!” Alice Wray

 

“Doing an apprenticeship has completely opened my eyes to the real world. It has given me both professional and personal skills which I will have for life. It has also enabled me to become much more independent and to find my feet with my career choice.” Ashleigh Walker