High Flying Student Chooses Apprenticeships Over University
Kate Robson, a standout student at Cronton Sixth Form, has decided to break away from the traditional route of progressing to University, instead taking on a marketing apprenticeship at Prima Software.
Kate, a previous student of Belvedere Academy, was accepted onto the prestigious Pembroke North Scheme run by the University of Oxford; a programme of study provided by Pembroke academics, created for sixth-form students to follow alongside their A-levels. The scheme is designed to help students prepare to make an application to the University of Oxford and other prestigious universities.
Kate commented, “The staff at the College fully supported me and helped me to access a number of fantastic schemes, including the Pembroke North Scheme. Despite enjoying all of the activities I was a part of to prepare me for university, I did question if University was for me and during my summer holidays I had a lot of time to think about my options.”
Kate began researching other options, and her thoughts turned to apprenticeships. “The idea of getting paid while gaining qualifications was quite enticing. College were fantastic at helping me both when I was thinking of University and then when I had changed my mind. The careers advisor and my tutors at Cronton were really supportive and helpful. The careers advisor put me in touch with the apprenticeship team at the College who work with local employers and they helped me to find the right apprenticeship and prepare for interviews.”
Kate is now settled into her apprenticeship with Prima Software, based in Widnes, and is relishing the whole experience, “I really enjoy the job and the opportunities that have arisen from it. I’ve visited London in preparation for a launch event and my daily activities vary, keeping me busy and focused.”
When asked what advice she would give to students considering an apprenticeship “I think students shouldn’t be blinded by the golden idea of University. Instead of choosing a random degree because everyone else is doing the same, why not try an apprenticeship, gain some real job experience to make an informed decision of which career path you want to follow.”
If you have a clear idea of the career you want and the dedication to succeed in the world of work, then an apprenticeship could be for you. To follow in the footsteps of Kate, all you need to do is complete an application form online at www.riverside.ac.uk, contact Angela Woodward by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 257 2175.