Beginning his Apprenticeship directly from school, Conner Bottomley, 17, wanted real-life working experience, and was eager for an alternative to traditional study – he has found what he was looking for through his role at Siemens, Congleton.

“Before becoming an apprentice at Siemens, Congleton I was doing my GCSEs at High School – I knew that I didn’t want to go to University, so I decided to look for work that would allow me to still learn, too.

“I am given real responsibility when on the factory floor, I have an important role in the manufacturing process, including programming printers and selecting the right procedures. I monitor the production line throughout the day to ensure nothing goes wrong and I am involved in a lot of training exercises to help develop my knowledge and skills.

“All of this has helped me to learn many of the steps of the manufacturing process at Siemens and I am very focused on learning as much as I possibly can about processes in order to progress my career and learning.

“In terms of experience, I believe an Apprenticeship is the best thing you can do – it is not just about getting paid – you get a brilliant grounding in the areas that interest you and I see it as a great alternative to university due to that valuable working experience.

“I enjoy the community aspects of the Apprenticeship, too. We are all encouraged to get involved in the community as much as possible and it is great to talk to the next generation of apprentices at schools and events to help inspire them. “