Apprenticeships can open up so many doors for career progression. This is the story of Dale, someone who after achieving his A-levels and gaining places at Universities in London and Staffordshire, found his perfect learning style through apprenticeships and is now enjoying a new full-time role as a Data Administrator. 

A-levels success

Dale, 25, started his journey after school going to Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form and completing his A-Levels in Critical Thinking, Phycology, Sociology, Philosophy and Religion. He decided to take his career one step further by going to University in London following a Philosophy career path. 

However, the hustle and bustle of London was very different from the home comforts of Stoke-on-Trent, and Dale decided to try University back home at Staffordshire University. He soon realised that University just wasn't something he enjoyed and that he had a different learning style.

Dale said: "I'd heard about PM Training in High School, I'd never really thought about an apprenticeship but looking back I wish I had looked further into it. College and University aren't for everyone, it doesn't mean you're not clever enough, everyone just has different learning styles, and for me, I think I prefer learning on the job."

Learning on the job with apprenticeships

Dale quickly started applying for apprenticeship vacancies and was successful in joining the Realise charity team whilst working towards his Business Administration apprenticeship. His role consisted of research into the charity sector, supporting administration and funding applications alongside data analysis. 

Dales continues: "The role with Realise was a great way for me to experience jumping straight into working life. I picked up invaluable skills."

His skills and passion for supporting people were evident and when an internal role came up within we are aspire he applied and was successfully offered a full-time position in the Quality, Compliance and Audit team at PM Training as a Data Administrator.

From A-Levels to full-time position and career prospects

 Dale said: "I am so grateful for my apprenticeship with Realise charity as it's allowed me to be really well placed for a full-time position with PM Training. I am really enjoying my new job role and I hope my experiences will inspire other learners and people that they can still achieve career success in their twenties. "

 If you would like to see what career opportunities PM Training can offer for you, view our apprenticeship vacancies or attend one of our open events. 

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