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Exam results are out - consider an apprenticeship

Published on Wednesday, 14th August 2019

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Jack is pictured with Lin at Aquatic Finatic

As exam results come out this week Hambleton District Council is urging youngsters to consider an apprenticeship.

The authority’s apprentice scheme provides grant aid to small Hambleton based businesses to help create new opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds living in the Hambleton area. It was launched in 2012 and has so far helped 163 apprentices – in a variety of roles including  accounting technician, heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician, site surveying technician, digital marketer, dental nurse, sales and lettings negotiator and in social media.

Eighteen year old Jack Gill from Northallerton is one of the newest apprentices - he started his apprenticeship in January with Aquatic Finatic, near Northallerton.

After a year of studying in sixth form Jack decided that he would like to make a career in Business Marketing. He was already working at Aquatic Finatic at the weekends when they offered him the post of apprentice Marketing Manager/Retail Assistant studying Level 3 Digital Marketing at Middlesbrough College.

Lin Fitch-Peyton, owner of Aquatic Finatic, said: “There are so many benefits of employing an apprentice. You can train them to meet the specific needs of the business, whilst giving them the opportunity to study, gain experience and qualifications. Jack is the second apprentice I have employed at Aquatic Finatic.”

And Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Deputy Leader of Hambleton District Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Finance, added: “University may not be for everyone and it is important that the student does not feel trapped into doing something that may not be right for them.

 “Apprenticeships offer a real job with hands on experience, a salary and a chance to train whilst you work and we are encouraging and offering local businesses that meet the criteria, financial support if they take on an apprentice.”

  • The wage subsidy grant is £2,000 and is given to support small businesses that have been trading for at least three months, with priority given to those that employ less than 20 employees - the apprenticeship role must be for at least one year with the apprentice working for at least 30 hours a week.

For more information on the Hambleton scheme - and help and advice - check out or contact Roz Caligari on or 01609 767058.