Activate Enterprise apprentices take centre stage on BBC Berkshire

Two of Activate Enterprise’s success stories have told thousands of radio listeners just why they took an apprenticeship route, after completing their GCSEs.

Speaking on Anne Diamond’s mid-morning programme (15 September), apprentices Andrew Lovegrove and Joe Swain – who work at the Caversham-based infrastructure firm Peter Brett Associates – told BBC Berkshire how they felt signing-up to an apprenticeship has led to them enjoying “first-class” careers.

It comes at a time when Activate Enterprise is promoting well over 200 vacancies – in the Thames Valley region and beyond – across a variety of sectors such as catering and hospitality, health and social care, plus team leadership and management apprenticeships.

Both Andrew and Joe moved into their roles at Peter Brett Associates immediately after completing their GCSEs – with Andrew now set to complete a degree at Southampton Solent University, all sponsored by the organisation.

Mark Eighteen – Commercial Director at Activate Enterprise – told Anne Diamond: “Apprenticeships are increasingly attractive to young, talented people.

“By getting into employment, young people can progress within their chosen career much earlier, possibly earning a good salary earlier in life. Apprenticeships give young people a varied learning experience – matching work with study that is stimulating.

“Increasingly – we’re seeing large numbers of employers look at apprenticeships and many companies are talking to us about these programmes.

“By creating an apprenticeship, companies are providing a ‘direct line of sight’ to employment for young people.”

To listen to the interview, head to the following page. You can listened to the interview around one hour and eight minutes in.

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