Apprenticeships certainly seem to the theme of February so far in the education sector this winter. No sooner had we brought you exciting news regarding Yorkshire Water’s fantastic scheme, than we found out a about a similar venture from Omega Plastics. We have always been big purveyors of apprenticeships here at Young Academic and this recent surge in these projects has been music to our ears.

Omega’s efforts have involved the appointment of a team of new engineering apprentices. The firm has recruited 18-year-olds Luke McMorris and Justin Fairbum, and Dan Gray, 19, to its toolmaking team. They will be joined by Adam Cook, 20, and 18-year-old Jordan Dale, both of whom will be starting their production apprenticeships at the Omega Group’s Washington, UK, site, Signal Plastic Components.

Omega Group Managing Director Dave Crone said, “Luke, Dan, Justin, Jordan and Adam will gain important skills while they are with us, as well as bring new ideas, creativity and youthful enthusiasm to the workforce.

“Apprenticeships aren’t just for the larger companies. They are a cost-effective way for smaller, highly specialized firms like us to train the workforce to a high standard and make the business more competitive.”

Adam Cook commented: “I’ve always been a practical person and I’m good with my hands. I was looking to get a job that would allow me to learn a trade, and this fits the bill perfectly. Apprenticeships give you the chance to study for qualifications that are valued by employers—and you earn a wage at the same time. I really would recommend them to any young person who is not sure which career option to take.”

If you have been pondering an apprenticeship of late but don’t quite know which way to turn, then we have a whole host of resources available here at the Young Academic website. If, after reading all of this, you are still a bit daunted about your options the official government website is a fantastic place to visit.

If you have recently finished an apprenticeship scheme and want to share your story, then we are always on the lookout for new writers here at Young Academic. Just send your articles into us at [email protected].

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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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