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National Apprenticeship Week 2018
March 6, 2018

Here at projectfive, we’re big believers in nurturing young talent, which is why we’ve been hiring apprentices for the last 8 years.

Our Support Manager, Phil Dear, explains why this is an important part of our business strategy:

“Finding high quality talent in our industry and region is always a challenge, so investing in Apprentices allows us to get those talented people first and then nurture and develop them in line with our core values. This has lead to us having a younger, more talented and better qualified team, who are frankly a lot of fun to be around.”

As part of National Apprenticeship week, we thought we’d shine the light on two of our most recent apprentices – who are both now full-time members of staff – and ask them to share why they chose the apprenticeship route.




Gareth Danks, Junior Techie


Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I didn’t want to go to university for 4-5 years to get a Masters; I wanted to do something that was hands-on and would still allow me to learn – but in a real-life environment. An apprenticeship seemed like the obvious choice.

What has been the best thing about being an apprentice?
I’ve learned so much more in day-to-day work, than I would have done from a book or from a classroom environment. I’ve been able to get a lot of certifications and  kick start my career at the same time.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship? 
Go for it! Apprenticeships a great way to get into your chosen industry and they give you a solid foundation.



Charlie Baxter, Junior Techie


Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
It looked like the best route for me, a way to get into the workplace, training with real world experience and using that to develop any skills directly.

What has been the best thing about being an apprentice?
Being able to find out new ways to do things – during my time as an apprentice, my methods have changed through both trial and error and learning. This has helped me to look outside of what I know and look for alternative ways of getting a job done.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship
Definitely look into it! It’s very different from any other sort of education, as you are directly involved in the day-to-day activities of the workplace, which often involves using a combination of skills which are best learnt directly. This helps build up your knowledge and skills faster than you would in the classroom.


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