Case studies of young people in Hertfordshire
Young people tell their story and offer advice
Read about young people in Hertfordshire and how they are making their way to a successful future
"I chose the IT apprenticeship with Zenos because I wanted to go into work and not go to university. But to get into a higher paid enjoyable job I needed to ensure I had the qualifications and proof I'm willing to learn and improve. An apprenticeship ensured that and didn't involve getting into debt.” Charlotte started her IT apprenticeship at 16 after her GCSEs; she is now 23 years old and is working for Harrods in their IT department earning £30k a year!
I chose to do an Apprenticeship because when it came to choosing what I was going to do after year 11 I decided I didn’t want to be in a full-time school environment anymore, but felt it was a waste going straight into full-time work and not getting as many qualifications while it was still possible.
We are a Commercial Insurance broker. This means that we negotiate insurance cover for properties, factories, warehouses marine transits. We specialise in liability insurance for all requirements of industry such as companies exporting to the USA, including the recent One Direction perfume launch.
My mind set in school was always lacking motivation and the will to learn, so I left. But within a short amount of time out of the school environment I knew that I did want to continue learning and further my education, but be my own motivator, boss and teacher. Apprenticeships offered this, with added extras of a salary, expertise training and respect!