Earning and learning is just the job at college

Josh Rooney
Josh Rooney

A Lancaster & Morecambe College student is celebrating after securing a full time job at the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce as an apprentice. Following the successful completion of a traineeship through the College, Josh Rooney, 16, is encouraging other people to seriously consider training as an apprentice.

Josh left school and knew he no longer wanted to be confined to the classroom, he wanted to get a job and start earning money, but wasn’t ready to stop learning new skills and gaining qualifications. So he chose to apply for a traineeship at Lancaster & Morecambe College.

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

At its core is work preparation training, English and Maths, for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. Traineeships prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Having completed his traineeship in just four weeks, he quickly progressed onto an Apprenticeship in Business Administration, securing a position as the Administrator at Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, where he had completed the traineeship.

Josh said: “The traineeship scheme gave me a clear understanding of working life within an office and helped me understand the day to day tasks.

“All my preparation for the apprenticeship was achieved with help of the Chamber team training me to be comfortable with the work they gave me and the type of tasks I would have to do in the future.

“I decided to choose the traineeship/apprenticeship route because I wasn’t comfortable being in a classroom for another year.

“I knew I was ready for working life and this was the perfect opportunity to get me into the world of work.”

Vicky Lofthouse, chamber manager, said: “We are really pleased Josh has decided to join the Chamber team, he is a great asset and a fast learner, a perfect candidate for our Business Administration role. We look forward to working with him and helping him to achieve his apprenticeship.”

LMC currently has over 50 apprenticeship vacancies ready to start now. As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.

There are currently positions available at companies such as Pure Luxuries Lancaster, VVV and JWK Solicitors. To view all the positions available visit www.lmc.ac.uk, or contact Chelsea Bell on 01524 521305.

Josh said he highly recommends an apprenticeship and is currently enjoying all the challenges that come with working life.