Taking the high road to apprenticeships

Abigail Hodgson who is doing a higher apprenticeship.

Abigail Hodgson who is doing a higher apprenticeship.

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Former apprentices in Blackpool are outpacing their peers when it comes to being fit for the workplace, according to new figures.

The study by ICM Research reveals that employers in the North West rate qualified apprentices as nine per cent more employable than those with other qualifications.

And those who get a higher apprenticeship are the most desirable employees, with businesses rating this group as 17 per cent more employable than those who took an alternative route into work.

Trainee accountant Abigail Hodgson opted to take the higher apprenticeship route to a professional career – and she is already reaping the rewards. Abigail, 19, joined specialist accountancy and payroll service provider Danbro after her GCSEs.

The Blackpool-based firm looks after thousands of contractors and freelance workers across the UK.

In June, she is due to complete her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) programme and become a qualified accountant.

She said: “I would highly recommend the higher apprenticeship route to anybody who is certain about their career path.

“Apprenticeships are good for young people who want to be financially independent. I own my own car and enjoy a lifestyle that wouldn’t have been possible at my age if I’d gone to university plus I’m free from student debt.”

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