Jess Armstrong champions apprenticeship route into work

A TEENAGER who was out of work and stuck for career ideas has been put forward as Middlesbrough College’s Apprentice Champion of the Year.

Jess Armstrong enrolled on a logistics pre-apprenticeship and after an eight-week course and three-week work placement she is now a full-time apprentice with LV Shipping of Teesside.

She is now urging other young people to visit a drop-in day tomorrow to find out about future employment prospects from 11am to 3pm in the college’s JobShop

Pre-apprenticeships are short courses designed to give people aged 16 to 18 who are not in work or education the practical skills, confidence and work experience to take up a full-time apprenticeship or employment.

As well as logistics and warehousing, the college arranges pre-apprentice courses in business administration, catering and hospitality, customer service, engineering maintenance, hairdressing and beauty therapy, machining and manufacturing and social media.

“I’d never thought of logistics as a career, but it was something different to try,” said 17-year-old Jess, from Stockton. She now helps LV Shipping arrange the transport of goods all over the world by ship, road, rail and air while studying at Middlesbrough College one day a week and expects to finish her apprenticeship next year.

“I really enjoyed it, and when I did my work experience at LV Shipping as part of the course, they turned it into a full apprenticeship. I’d definitely recommend other young people to try it too.”

College student engagement officer Emma Lyall nominated Jess for the apprentice award, and praised her hard work at the Middlesbrough College.

“Jess has overcome a lot of barriers and come a long way – and blossomed in to the polite, mature and focused young woman she is now,” she said. “I’m proud of her and her achievements.”

Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive Zoe Lewis said the college was expecting a good turnout for the information event.

“There’s a huge amount of interest in traineeships and apprenticeships now, because they provide young people with an excellent, practical route into work,” she added