Earn while you learn, training provider urges
School leavers should consider paid training rather than further education if they want to get ahead in life.
That's according to training provider PM Training, who were providing the news as school leavers digest their GCSE exam results today. Like many, PM Training is offering apprenticeship places in the next year so young people can earn while they learn.
One of the suppliers for the Government's new traineeship programme, PM Training celebrates five years as part of the Aspire Group this month. It also supports more than 800 businesses in Staffordshire.
Will Nixon, chief executive of PM Training, said: "We are finding increasing numbers of young people and businesses attracted to the training schemes we offer. Around 70 per cent of trainees positively progress through PM Training's skills programmes and 95 per cent of these go on to full-time apprenticeships, giving both companies and young people a chance to flourish."
John Edmonds, 18, was taken on by Stoke-based Listers Trade Frames two years ago. Edmonds originally went straight to college after GCSEs but regretted the decision and then turned to PM Training.
He said: "I'd advise anyone leaving school to go onto training with organisations such as PM Training.
"Earning some money has helped me to learn how to drive, so I can now drive the company's vans too - it's made a big difference to my life."
Listers has taken on more than 30 apprentices from PM Training in the last 10 years.
Mark Warren, Listers' managing director, said: "It's a difficult time for school leavers - studying can be expensive and there's no guarantee of a job at the end of it. An apprenticeship can be so much more attractive, and deliver some real life skills along the way. It's a win win result for both the individual and the company they work for."