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Posted On: 1st Sep 2014

Apprenticeships Fix On ITV

Fixer Jem Cutter
Fixer Jem appears on a locomotive in the broadcast
Lucy Humphries, North East Chamber of Commerce

Keen to show that university is not the only option available to school leavers, Jem Cutter is encouraging young people to consider apprenticeships as an alternative route into employment.

His story was shown on ITV News Tyne Tees on Monday 22nd September.

The 18-year-old from Durham, who’s recently enrolled on an apprenticeship with Network Rail, feels that some schools are still pushing pupils towards higher education, without informing them of the benefits of work-based training.

‘Since I was a kid, my dad’s taken me to various railways around the country. I’ve grown up with it and it’s of great interest to me,’ Jem explains.

‘Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure at school as it can be more tailor-made to everyone going to university.

‘I found there wasn’t as much information about apprenticeships, which is what I’ve always wanted to do.

‘I think it’s handy for people to know what’s available to them so they don’t end up taking the wrong path.’

With Fixers, Jem has helped create a leaflet to be distributed in schools. It shows young people where they can find out more about apprenticeships and how to apply. 

Click here to see the leaflet and read more about it.

Lucy Humphries from the North East Chamber of Commerce features in the broadcast piece. She explains why she thinks work-based training is growing in popularity.

‘The perceptions around apprenticeships have changed over the last few years,’ she says.

‘I think one of the main reasons for this is the increase in tuition fees at universities – that’s definitely had an impact.’

Jem adds: ‘In some cases people go to university because they don’t know what to do. They hope they will come out with something at the end of it.

‘With apprenticeships it’s quite common for people to be taken into employment straight away.

‘You’ve got the necessary experience, you’ve been trained and the company knows what you’re like.’

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