Apprentices and Employers

Meet our Apprentices and their employers!

Want to know what it's like working for an employer? Our apprentices work in a range of environments including schools, banks, estate agents and more!  


Ben, Golf Greenkeeping Apprentice

‘I enjoy being able to work outdoors and look after a fantastic golf course. In college, I enjoy learning about both the theory and practical side to greenkeeping. I have an excellent tutor, and I get to work alongside a great team, which makes this apprenticeship the best decision I have ever made.’

Rob, Head Greenkeeper at Bracken Ghyll Golf Club

‘Ben has made a great start to his apprenticeship and is progressing well. He is enjoying both the college side and the practical side of his training. Shipley College has been really easy to work with as a training provider. Ben’s tutor, Tony, explained the apprenticeship process and visits every five/six weeks to check Ben’s progress and give feedback. Overall, I’m pleased with the decision to take Ben on as our apprentice and Shipley College as our training provider.’


Ben, Greenkeeping apprentice

Joe, Apprentice Administrator at Whitegates

'Whitegates have had apprentices with Shipley College in the past who still work for the company, so it is clearly a reputable course with substance for my industry. In my job, I deal with the letting process, from signing up a tenant, through to moving them in to a property. I enjoy meeting with tenants and having the opportunity to progress in my role. After my apprenticeship, I hope to continue working at Whitegates and hopefully develop in to a lettings manager.'

Angela, Joe's Manager at Whitegates

'Having Joe in the office has been refreshing and given the team a lift. He is helpful and has great empathy with the customers, always trying to find ways to deliver good customer service. He is bright and hardworking, and I am sure he is learning a lot working with our experienced staff. The College has been very supportive with our Apprentice programme over the years. They understand that we are a small business and need a high calibre of employees who we are happy to invest in for our future.'

Joe, Whitegates Apprentice

Hannah, Apprentice Administrator at MP Alarms

'I knew Shipley College had a good reputation and they offered the Apprenticeship I wanted to do. My knowledge and skills have improved which has enabled me to do my job efficiently. As an administrator, my workload varies day-to-day. The people I work with are lovely which makes my job a satisfying one. At the moment, I am happy completing my training and working and I hope to be taken on permanently afterwards.'

Hannah, MP Alarms Apprentice


Joshua, Infrastructure Technician Advanced Apprentice, Lloyd's Bank

'An apprenticeship was an ideal route for me because it has helped me gain the experience I needed to gain a job in the IT industry. I gained 18 months’ experience and skills whilst on my apprenticeship and have since progressed to become a First Line Support Analyst at Lloyds Banking Group. I would recommend apprenticeships because they give you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress into your chosen area of work.'

Joshua, Lloyds bank apprentice


Amy, Digital Marketing Apprentice, Beckfoot School

'I have always wanted to do an apprenticeship because the ‘hands-on’ learning has helped me gain the experience I need, whilst building up my knowledge through my Level 3 course. One of the main things I love about my job is the variety of work I do, including working on campaigns or designing leaflets. My apprenticeship has given me the chance to prove myself and it has improved my confidence and skill set which will help me in the future. After I have completed my apprenticeship, I would like to further my career in Digital Marketing.'


Amy, Beckfoot School Apprentice

Vicky, Business Administration Intermediate Apprentice, Martin & Co Estate Agency

'I have been doing my Apprenticeship for nearly six months and have learnt so much. Working in the Lettings Team, I am always busy and am continuously learning. The main part of my role is customer service, taking  enquiries & booking appointments to view properties. I enjoy going to viewings because it like meeting the customers and seeing the properties we have available. I found this apprenticeship through the College website and found the staff very helpful.'

Angela Newark, Director, Lettings Manager, Martin & Co Estate Agency

'For us, hiring an apprentice was an opportunity to train a young person in our way of doing things from the start of their career. We have already seen Vicky develop, mature and become a proficient & confident member of the team. There is a lot of pressure to get things right, but Vicky always tries her best and gets on well with the team. The process of finding an apprentice through Shipley College was very easy. They helped with advertising the post, shortlisting and selecting an apprentice. The support has been excellent and I would definitely recommend them to anyone considering hiring an apprentice.'

Vicky, Martin & Co Apprentice

Grace, Customer Service Advanced Apprentice, Redfern Travel

'After completing Travel & Tourism at college, I needed more experience and felt an Apprenticeship would help me start my career in travel. Since starting at Redfern, I have learnt so many new skills whilst working forwards my qualification, which will help me in my future career as I experience different departments. Shipley College helped me identify an apprenticeship to suit my skills. It was a quick and easy process and I had an interview within two weeks.'

Liz Knight, HR Manager, Redfern Travel

'We are in our third year offering Apprenticeships with Shipley College. As a business, we recognise the value of growing our own talent and promoting from within. We invest in our Apprentices so that by the time they complete, we have individuals who have received training in Customer Service and exposure to the travel industry the Redfern-way. We work closely with Shipley College from recruitment through to apprenticeship completion, demonstrating what can be achieved when education and business work closely together.'


Grace, Redfern Apprentice

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