Earn while you learn with a Goodfellows’ apprenticeship scheme

September 12th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
Earn while you learn with a Goodfellows’ apprenticeship scheme

A-level results are in, and with it the debate about post 18 education choices - whether people should consider going to university or take part in an apprenticeship scheme.
A poll by the Sutton Trust has found that many 11-16 year olds are really worried about the impact of getting into debt if they go onto higher education because of university fees and living costs. With university fees looking to rise in 2017, going into higher education is starting to look even less attractive.   
One of the many positive aspects of taking part in an apprenticeship scheme is being able to earn whilst you learn, apprentices are also much more likely to be offered full time work once their scheme finishes. They are also available in a whole host of sectors from estate agency to cooking.
However, despite the obvious benefits of taking part in an apprenticeship scheme only a small amount of 18-24 year olds considered apprenticeships, only 7% compared to 68% who still think that getting a degree is a better option, according to a YouGov survey.
The federation of small businesses, FSB has also called for more people to see apprenticeships as a viable alternative to taking a more academic route.
Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses said: “Smaller businesses are taking on more apprentices than ever before. What’s more, a quarter (24%) of our members say they are considering employing an apprentice in the future. We know these apprentices tend to be aged between 16 and 19 years old and over two thirds (67%) of those training go onto longer term employment in the business, making an apprenticeship a great way to start your working life.”
At Goodfellows we offer advice and support to apprentices so that they can grow from small acorns into tall oak trees. We are keen to employ young people, so we can train them to understand the philosophy behind our business, allowing them to try out different roles so that they can find out which one suits them personally. 
Mia Robinson started an apprenticeship in 2015 in Business Administration at Goodfellows, she excelled in her role, passing her Business Administration NVQ with flying colours in August this year - she’s a real asset to the team.
If you are thinking about embarking on an apprenticeship course we currently have two apprenticeship positions available at Goodfellows:
·         Business Administrator – at Leatherhead
·         Sales Negotiator Apprentice – at Raynes Park
If you would like to find out more about these apprenticeship schemes and are determined, enthusiastic, energetic and have a ‘can do attitude’ we would like to hear from you.
Please call our recruitment team on 01372 738173 to discuss the opportunities, or alternatively email with your CV together along with a covering letter as to why you feel you are suitable for the role.