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SWR apprentice – Apprenticeship lifeline for lock down graduate

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Verrell Mitchell joined Hemel Hempsted based SWR in September 2021 for an 18 month Level 4 apprenticeship. After graduating in Sports, Business and Media, Verrell spotted an advert for a Level 4 graduate apprenticeship via the training provider iSales Academy.

iSales works in partnership with businesses in the local area and helped to place him with SWR, who are specialists in sourcing, designing, and producing bespoke wire rope solutions for many of the world’s leading manufacturers across nearly all sectors and industries. Verrell works in sales in one of the product divisions, supplying the building and construction sector and he also works closely with the in-house marketing team.

Verrell was one of the many thousands of students who graduated from university during the pandemic, at a time when it was difficult to find an opening via the traditional graduate route. Verrell comments: “This was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down as I was thinking about my long term career goals and how to reach them, but there were no doors open. I’m now in the first year of an 18 month apprenticeship and learning all the skills to be an account manager.”

“I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to any graduate. It’s a great way to get your career moving forward as you tend to be very much on your own when you leave university and are trying to find a job. With everything being in lockdown when I graduated, it was hard to know where to start to find any role within a company.”

“When I saw this opportunity I felt it would be good as it would allow me to add new skills and experience to my resume and to list some of the things I have achieved during this time. I like to have long term goals and if this is what I need to do to achieve them then that’s fine. There is no age barrier to learning, you can be in education at any age.”

Verrell concludes: “As it gets harder to find graduate positions my advice to anyone is to definitely consider an apprenticeship as a post grad option.”

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