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.