"Emma Courtney owns and manages two salons in Martins Heron and Warfield.
She has had four apprentices over four years. Emma's current apprentice, Charlene Brown, is a Bracknell & Wokingham College student doing her Hairdressing Apprenticeship. Charlene has only recently started but has already done Emma’s highlights!
Emma says: “I think others should take on an apprentice because the customers like their enthusiasm and like to see youngsters keen to learn. I enjoy training them and I love to see them doing well.
“I had one apprentice who found the studies a bit tricky but we supported her all the way through and she persevered. She is now qualified and works as a stylist in one of my salons. She is a good stylist, and I am particularly proud of her achievements.
“It's important for me to have apprentices who are motivated and really know what they want to do and where they want to go.
“Bracknell & Wokingham College has been really good to work with. They really want people to qualify and they make time for their students on a one-to-one basis. Nobody gets neglected and everyone has a good start in their careers.”"
"We brought together Dexter Burt, Accountancy Apprenticeship student looking for a placement, and KnowledgePool, the UK's leading managed learning service provider based in Bracknell who were looking to take on an accountancy apprentice.
James Cotton, Finance Manager said: "I first got involved with the Apprenticeship programme because I had heard about them on the TV and radio."
"The main advantage is that there is dedicated time put aside for study, so the students get trained both by me and the college."
"We chose Bracknell & Wokingham College because they are right on our doorstep and they have great facilities. I actually did a Part-Time course there myself so I knew all about how fantastic the college was!"
Dexter Burt said: “I decided to come and do an Accountancy Apprenticeship at Bracknell & Wokingham College because I knew people there already. I had no hesitation in joining because it’s a brilliant place to learn."
“I started the course slightly late but the tutors really helped me out. Combining studies and work allowed me to progress in my job; but also allowed me to get an education at the same time. Getting paid whilst studying and gaining experience in the workplace was the ideal combination for me!”"
"Doing an Apprenticeship is great because when you leave college employers are looking for people with experience and my course gives me this as well as teaching me the theory side of treatments.
I’m a junior therapist at a salon at the moment so I do all the treatments a normal therapist would do, but at a reduced price, which is nice as this means clients know you are in training which takes the pressure off of you whilst you learn.
"Smart Electrical Services UK Ltd is run by Ross Smart. Ross started his career with an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship at the college and now takes on college students as apprentices of his own.
"It’s good for businesses to have apprentices – they’re keen, and it’s great to see their improvement from their course and the training you give them.
“I think customers like to see that I’m putting my apprentices through college – I feel like I’m giving something back. By the time they finish, I’ve got someone who’s trained under me for years, and who’s qualified as well.
“An Apprenticeship gives a solid grounding in everything. If you’re driven, and know what you want, it lets you go on and do other courses as well as giving you lots of good experience on site.
“I started Smart Electrical Services and soon was getting more and more work. So I decided to take on some apprentices myself, and after my experience with the college I was happy to take their students.""
"Voltaward is run by Dave Crombie, who owns and manages the garage based in Wokingham.
Dave came to Bracknell & Wokingham College 30 years ago as an apprentice, and has now taken on his son Tim who is currently studying for his Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship:
“Clearly lots of money has been spent because the facilities are excellent. We attended the Open Event last year to take a look around the college and we were blown away by how amazing the facilities were.
“Apprenticeships are the only way forward. 30 years ago they were the norm, nowadays there aren’t enough employers taking on apprentices. Ultimately apprentices help companies as well as companies helping apprentices.”
Tim said: “I have always liked cars so when I got the opportunity to work for my dad I realised that motor vehicle repair was what I wanted to do as a career. I tried other taster courses at college but decided I was more suited to mechanics.
“I chose Bracknell & Wokingham College to do my Apprenticeship because I live in Bracknell and getting to college is easy. The facilities are excellent, all the equipment you need is there and the tutors are really friendly and help you out when you need it. They explain things in a way in which is easy to understand.
"I would advise people who are thinking of doing an Apprenticeship to just go for it. It’s a great thing to do and you will never look back.”
"I find the balance between work and study is really good for me. I do a lot more practical work and I am involved a lot with customers and hands on administration work, but I also do a lot of theory work to support this. I have regular meetings with my Apprenticeship advisor who comes to see how I am doing and helps me with my theory work and I also have theory workshops with other apprentices every other week."
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