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Inspiring the next generation of apprentices

Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Carly gave an inspiring talk to the sixth form students at her former school, Garth Hill College in Bracknell, about her journey to become a business and administration apprentice at 3M and, together with fellow apprentice Amy Crocker, ran an interactive workshop to demonstrate the wide range of opportunities that are available.

It’s the first time a 3M/SEAC apprentice has visited a former school and the idea came from Carly herself “As part of my apprenticeship, I was asked to complete a project that either improved an existing process at 3M or created a new one. 3M has run a programme that encourages Industrial Placement students to visit their universities and attend careers fairs to help recruit the next year’s intake and I thought the idea could be replicated for the apprenticeship scheme.

As well as arranging the Garth Hill College visit, preparing the talk and workshop, Carly put together a template for the programme that can be used by other apprentices “I found out about the apprenticeship scheme by searching online. However, I don’t feel that the scheme is promoted widely enough, so giving apprentices the tools to run events at their former schools will be a great way to encourage more sixth form pupils to consider it as an option.”

Speaking about the visit, assistant principal of the Sixth Form at the College, Nick Huskinson, said: “Carly and Amy put a great deal of time and effort into the session and it was great to hear about the opportunities available at 3M and see the audience fully engaged in the workshop and with the talk. I was really proud to hear Carly talk about her journey through Garth and on to 3M.”

As a result of her talk, Carly has been invited back to the school to speak at an assembly during National Careers Week in March.

Carly’s apprenticeship is organised by SEAC Recruitment Services Ltd. In November 2019, she was presented with an Apprentice of the Month award in recognition of the high standard of her work supporting the Sales Incentive team at 3M. She was nominated by her line manager, Hardeep Diocee.

Combining the world of work with study

Apprenticeships are a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You’re treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from. Whether you’re at the start of your career, want to change career direction, or if you’re returning to work after a break. Different apprenticeships are available all over England, at companies large and small, in a wide range of industries and organisations.

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