Apprentice Oliver joins the TCAT support team

Published: May 3, 2017

Teenager Oliver Stevens has joined the work-based learning team at Telford College of Arts and Technology.
The 16-year-old, from Malinslee, has taken up a Business Administration apprenticeship at the college, after leaving Abraham Darby School.
Photo of business administration apprentice Oliver Stevens“I didn’t really know much about apprenticeships whilst I was at school, but it is clear that there is a great deal of demand for apprentices in Telford at the moment.” he said.
“I’m grateful to TCAT for giving me the opportunity and experience I’ve already had, and I hope to progress within the college in the future.”
TCAT’s apprenticeship manager Martyn Baker said: “Oliver is a real credit to the team. He is taking on a wide range of tasks including gather information for auditors, arranging exam dates for external candidates, and preparing apprenticeship packs for assessors.
“He also been helping out with the promotion of apprenticeships in schools and recent presented at a Shropshire Chamber of Commerce event – something which Oliver says has really boosted his confidence.”
Oliver added: “It’s important to always have a plan B when you leave school, and to show maturity. Employers are looking for someone who can fit into their team, so you need to be confident and friendly.”
He has previously completed a work experience placement at Telford IT firm Capgemini, shadowing infrastructure engineers, and also attended interviews at the Princess Royal Hospital, and manufacturing firm Hoshizaki.
“I think it is important to attend as many interviews as you can when applying for apprenticeships; they are hard, and you need to practice.”
If you want to find out more about apprenticeships and other opportunities at TCAT, come to the college’s open event on 23 May, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and talk to tutors about a wide range of courses. For more details, see http://www.tcat.ac.uk/events/open-event-may-specialist-evening/