‘Could an apprenticeship really be the gateway to a successful career?’

 

 

Richard Hines – Principal Specialist inspector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

A demanding job in a high-pressure environment, dealing with matters of life and death daily, you might think that I’m the product of a Russell Group university education with a list of Bachelors and Masters degrees to my name. But you’d be wrong.

Like most young people at 16, I finished school and was faced with the massive choice between staying on in education and going to university, entering the world of full-time work, or bridging the gap between the two by undertaking an apprenticeship.

I weighed up my options, mindful that whatever decision I took would determine my future career.

I looked at university pamphlets and attended open days but the courses just didn’t appeal to me.

I knew I wanted to get into electrical engineering as soon as possible, and get real life hands-on experience, when it hit me; I should do an apprenticeship. Twenty years later, I haven’t looked back since.

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