Pursuing a Trade
Ex-Calderstones student Daniel Edgar is a qualified tool maker with Jaguar Landrover in Speke. Having started as an advanced apprentice in 2011, he has always stayed in touch with the school since he left.
Even before finishing school, Daniel was certain that pursuing a trade was his preferred option. Armed with A levels in PE, sociology and geography he applied for Apprenticeship with a handful of large local companies. He soon landed a great job with Jaguar Landrover in Speke as an advanced apprentice.
Daniel, who is 23 and lives in Mossley Hill in South Liverpool, is straight to the point: ‘I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anybody. Going to university was an option after my A Levels and most of my friends went to Leeds Uni. But financially and career wise I certainly don’t feel as if I made a mistake by not joining them. I’m much further ahead than I would have been even if I had gained a degree.’
Solid Start to Financial Security
Although Daniel admits he missed out on the fun his friends had at university he feels that his present situation more than compensates. He adds: ‘I am only 23 and I will be buying a house this year; I have a well paid job and don’t worry about money for things like holidays or going out.’
Explaining his job Daniel says: ‘When I am on shift my job is concerned with keeping the production line running along with my colleagues. There are dies and press mounds that make the car panels and I have to fix them if they get broken. There are a few dozen people in a role similar to me. Each year there are new apprentice recruits and we get to mentor them. I enjoy that because I know they are making a great career choice.’
Daniel’s former Head of Sixth Form at Calderstones, Paul Richards, adds: ‘It’s very encouraging for the teaching staff when we see past students embark on promising careers. Daniel had a great rapport with the teachers at school and through staying in touch he has been back to help other students who are making applications to become apprentices at either 16 or 18 years of age.’
During 2015 a number of Calderstones students pursued Apprenticeships in a range of careers. However, not all schools are as welcoming as Calderstones to organisations wishing to promote Apprenticeships – the government claims this reflects a ‘snobbery’ towards the vocational route. The good news is that legislation is being introduced that outlines how schools will be bound to ensure that students are educated about Apprenticeships.
GMLPF is working with schools like Calderstones that want to raise awareness of Apprenticeships as a viable option for pupils after GCSEs or A-levels. During the first 12 months of his training Daniel was supported by North West Training Council.