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Its National Apprenticeships Week 2019 and today, Warrington and Royal Vale College have featured our very own Madison Evans as their Apprentice of the Day!

Business Administration Apprentice Madison Evans says being an apprentice at specialist canine security company, Global Support Services, has turned her life around. After completing one year at a local college, Madison knew continuing in full-time education just wasn’t for her. Madison said: “I found it too stressful trying to juggle full-time education, a job and a social life. An apprenticeship intrigued me as I thought by combining learning and working, it would alleviate some of the pressure. I now get paid a good wage and am gaining a qualification at the same time.”

Madison says the highlight of her apprenticeship thus far has been visiting Global Support Services’ clients on location. She said: “I’ve visited a music venue in Manchester, fire service facilities and a luxury car brand’s factory, all of which we provide specialist detection or protection dogs for. It was fascinating and I loved seeing our dogs in action.”

Speaking on Madison’s appointment, Matt Crofts from Global Support Services commented: “We were looking to expand our head office and saw an apprenticeship as a fantastic opportunity to employ a young person dedicated to learning and developing. To us, an apprentice was something of a ‘blank canvas’, someone we could work alongside to help shape and develop their career.

“Maddie has come to us with a real eagerness to learn and do her very best. A number of years ago, university degrees were seen as the normal way to get a ‘good job’ and rewarding career. We don’t believe that route is always the most appropriate these days. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic balance of learning and training on both an academic and vocational level, which gives the apprentice much earlier exposure to and experience of the professional workplace.”

Madison cannot praise apprenticeships highly enough and hopes that by sharing her story it will encourage other young people to explore apprenticeships. She said: “I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity that I have at just eighteen years of age and feel very supported by my employer and Warrington & Vale Royal College. I hope to stay on at Global Support Services after my apprenticeship and continue to love coming to work each morning.”