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It’s National Apprenticeship Week from 6-10 March and Islington is joining in nationwide celebrations about the positive impact of apprenticeships and traineeships.

There are loads of different opportunities in Islington. Whoever you are and whatever your background, you can find something that’s right for you.

Meet 20 year-old Billy Chandler, who is completing a digital and marketing apprenticeship at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, from which he will achieve a Level 2 Business Administration certification.

Billy lives in Islington and went to sixth form at St. Mary Magdalene Academy, while also attending “The Courtyard” which is a unit at St. Mary Magdalene Academy for students with special educational needs.

He found his apprenticeship from a worker at JobCentrePlus, but was also given support with the application process and interview skills by iWork Youth Employment and Street League.

“I love keeping busy and having lots of great people around me,” says Billy. On a typical day his job involved anything from editing images and creating photo galleries on the theatre’s website, to updating the Sadler’s Wells Facebook page and using a program called Tessitura to find out ticket sales for Sadler’s Wells, The Peacock Theatre and Lilian Baylis Studio.

“Keep your head up and keep looking, there’s always going to be at least one apprenticeship out there that suits your interests and skills,” says Billy. “So keep smiling and also, whether you like the course work side of it or not, always remember, it looks great on a CV.

The Sadler’s Wells apprenticeship was created through the 2016 Creative Employment Programme Apprenticeship between the council and Islington creative employers.

Find out more about Islington’s apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are changing

From April, the Government is bringing in a range of reforms, including the apprenticeship levy for large employers which will increase the number of places available for young people.

The growth of higher and degree apprenticeships is also exciting, as these will offer school leavers new routes into careers that bring the best of both worlds, getting paid, gaining qualifications and valuable experience while being paid, without the debt that university brings.

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