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Apprenticeship week

POSTED ON: 05.03.2018

All aboard the 'apprentice-ship'

In the UK, the long-standing tradition of apprenticeships dates all the way back to the 12th century. While times have changed since then, apprentices still remain an integral part of our workforce. By 2050, apprenticeships are set to deliver over £100,000,000,000 into the UK economy.

Here are some well-known faces who put in work as an apprentice early on in their career:

Jamie Oliver

Jamie left school at 16 years old and started an NVQ in home economics before doing apprenticeships in various London restaurants. He’s now worth over £150m, as well as having over 20 cookbooks and TV programmes under his belt. To show how important apprenticeships have been to his career, he now runs his own apprentice programme at one of his restaurants.

Eric Clapton

One of the greatest guitarists of all time started his career as a stained glass designer. Lucky for us, Eric decided to bless our ears when he moved in to the world of music with classics such as Wonderful Tonight and Layla.

Elvis Presley

Before he got All Shook Up, Elvis moved with his family to Memphis. Shockingly, the only class that he failed at school was music! After his school days, Elvis started his career as an apprentice electrician. He delivered electrical supplies during the day and went to an electrical apprenticeship school at night.

Stella McCartney

Stella didn’t follow her father’s musical footsteps, but she did become one of the worlds most recognised fashion designers. Stella started her apprenticeship in London learning the craft she’s most famous for today.

Jay 'Superstar' Samways

Moving on from the world of glitz and glamour, our very own A-lister Jay decided to keep his apprenticeship within the safe environment of our office. Read below to find out what Jays’ role is at Origin and some advice to those thinking of starting an apprenticeship.


How long have you been at Origin?

I’ve worked at Origin since 2013.

What was your first role at Origin?

I originally started as a technical support apprentice at our old office in Doncaster.

Have you got any advice for those that are thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

I'd definitely recommend going down the apprenticeship route. Becoming an apprentice really helped me learn on the job after leaving school. It was a fantastic way to establish my career. After the initial year of completing the apprenticeship programme, I went on to work across various departments at Origin.

Being an apprentice gives you an advantage to learn a business inside out, helping understand how other departments work has made me more efficient in my day-to-day role. In my current role as a Team Leader I am continuing with my training and learning development. I'm looking forward to what the future brings here at Origin.

Who knows where your apprenticeship will take you. If this is something you’ve done, we’d love to know. Just search for @OriginBroadband on Facebook or Twitter and remember to include #NAW2018

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