On track for a job in the railway industry, locomative enthusiast Jem Cutter wants young people to consider apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education.
The 18-year-old from Durham recently enrolled on a work-based training scheme for Network Rail, and thinks a more hands-on approach to learning could pay dividends.
‘I’ve always been interested in trains, so I’m delighted to be doing something I’m passionate about,' explains Jem.
‘While there are some professions, like medicine, which require university study, I think many people go on to higher education because of peer pressure.
‘But there’s nothing like getting on-the-job experience while you learn, and you’ll spare yourself thousands in tuition fees.
‘Many people think apprenticeships are only good for a handful of skilled industries, but they can open doors to many careers.’
With Fixers, Jem and his group have helped design an informative leaflet highlighting the benefits of work-based training.
They hope the campaign inspires others their age to consider apprenticeships as an alternative to academic studies.
Click the image below to see a larger version of the group's Fixers leaflet.
Jem says: ‘It’s mainly aimed at young people leaving the education system, who may be unsure of what to do next.
‘Hopefully this leaflet will help provide them with options for the future and they can begin training for a career that is right for them.’
The group plan to share the leaflets with local secondary school pupils, who may be weighing up their career possibilities.
‘I know what it’s like being at that point in your life,’ Jem adds.
‘There are all sorts of questions you ask yourself like, “What am I going to do now?” and it can get extremely confusing.
‘I want young people to know that university isn’t the only way into a decent job.
‘I chose an apprenticeship and I’m sure it will change my life. Let it change yours!’
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