Special Review: Apprenticeship case study

Josh RooneySuccess for Chamber trainee

One Lancaster and Morecambe College student is celebrating after securing a full time job at Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce as an apprentice, following the successful completion of a traineeship through the College.

Josh Rooney, 16, left school and knew he no longer wanted to be confined to the classroom, he wanted to get a job and start earning money, but wasn’t ready to stop learning new skills and gaining qualifications. Josh chose to apply for a traineeship at Lancaster and Morecambe College; an education and training programme with work experience designed to give young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Having completed his traineeship in just four weeks, he quickly progressed onto an apprenticeship in business administration, working as the administrator at Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce. Josh said: “The traineeship scheme gave me a clear understanding of working life within an office and helped me understand the day to day tasks.

“I decided to choose the traineeship/apprenticeship route because I wasn’t comfortable being in a classroom for another year. I knew I was ready for working life and this was the perfect opportunity to get me into the world of work.”

Vicky Lofthouse, Manager of Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are really pleased Josh has decided to join the Chamber Team, he is a great asset and a fast learner, a perfect candidate for our Business Administration role. We look forward to working with him and helping him to achieve his apprenticeship.” LBV 61 Mar/Apr 2015 features a full special review on Apprenticeships. Subscribe / buy by clicking here.