Apprenticeship Successes

TBSHS Students start Degree Apprenticeships

Date published: Fri 9 Oct 2020   Author: HLH/FJP   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Three TBSHS Students are starting Degree Apprenticeships this autumn whilst several others are starting in the world of work undertaking apprenticeships in a variety of fields.

Matt Yeoman, an outgoing Yr 13,  has got a fantastic degree apprenticeship offer and a place on the Management Trainee Programme as a Site Manager for Hill Group, whilst attending university at ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) in Chelmsford, completing a five year BSc (Hons) Construction Management Course part-time.

Matt says "I first discovered Hill whilst attending a careers fair at school in Year 10. After a 10 minute chat with the representatives I successfully applied to them for my Year 10 work experience in their Ickleton offices. I was able to shadow several of the professions I had been interested in. During this time I discovered much more about the different qualifications and pathways required to achieve and become particular job roles within construction. It was at this time that I realised I was most interested in becoming a QS or Site Manager. 

The application process started in January 2020. I had sent my CV and covering letter to the Group Talent Development Manager (GTDM) a month or so prior to this, expressing my interest in their Trainee Programme. Once I had passed the first stage, I had to complete a series of General Intelligence Assessments that tested my aptitude across the board. These online exams weren’t overly challenging but they were timed. This meant it wasn’t about finishing the questions but about how many you could complete correctly in the shortest amount of time.  

Four days prior to my first interview at Hill’s head office, the coronavirus pandemic stalled the whole process.  Fortunately, the company were able to continue their application programme eventually, within a couple of weeks, by organising virtual interviews instead. 

My first interview was with the GTDM. This interview followed a familiar structure consisting of the most common/expected questions that I had prepared answers for with regards to the company, their developments and ethics along with my hopes and aspirations. After a couple of weeks I received confirmation that I had been successful and would be progressed to the next stage of the application process. This was another virtual interview with one of the company’s top Production Managers, responsible for their Eastern Team. This was more of a ‘chat’ to confirm that I was suited to the company on a more personal level. We had a fairly regular day-to-day conversation, alongside further questioning about my knowledge of the company.  However, at the end of this interview I was told that I had secured a place on the programme. A few weeks later I received my contract and details of employment along with details of the university course in the post." 

Each week consists of four days on sites based in either Cambridge or Chelmsford, and one day at ARU.

Matt also had five unconditional offers from universities for a variety of Quantity Surveying/Construction Management Degree Programmes.  


Dan Head, will be joining Lloyds as a Business Apprentice and studying for a Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree.

He explains how it happened. "I started applying for apprenticeships just after Christmas and applied for approximately 9 in total.  I have always enjoyed business studies and studied economics when I started in the sixth form. I wanted to apply for degree level apprenticeships so that I could study for a degree in these areas whilst at the same time gaining work experience.  I was lucky enough to be offered an apprenticeship with AON, MBDA and also Lloyds, depending on my A level results.  

I have accepted the offer from Lloyds as a Business Apprentice and I will be studying for a Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree starting at the beginning of September.  I will based at the Lloyds headquarters in Lime Street, London and will be studying with Pearson College London.  I will be undertaking placements within Lloyds, some areas will be mandatory and others I can choose.  I will attend Pearson College every Friday.  I’m looking forward to starting work in this area and continuing my study."

Another student, Marcia Amaral Cardoso is also starting a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Finance Assistant for PPD, which is a global contract organisation which provides drug development, lab research and lifecycle management services. They help find new treatments and cures for oncology as right now they are working to find a cure for covid-19.

Marcia says "I started having doubts about university during the global pandemic and decided to do some research using the apprenticeship resources School provided the students with. I found out that university isn’t the only pathway in order to have a career in accountancy.  

After extensive reading and research I decided to research and apply for apprenticeships. I started looking for the on the government website’s section for apprenticeships. After deciding which apprenticeships I wanted to apply I did further research on the companies and completed the application which most asked for A levels and my CV.

The interview process is quite similar to an university interview. The main difference is that instead of the main focus being on your academic skills is on your practical skills. Two weeks later I found out that I got the job."

There are several other TBSHS leavers who are starting Apprenticeships this autumn. They include - 

Jamie Reynolds – Hill Construction on the degree apprenticeship programme

Josh Preater and Madeleine Marshall both with Price Bailey (Accountants)

Jamie Martin - Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with Clear IT in Saffron Walden

Lewis Powell - Accountancy Apprenticeship (AAT leading to ACCA qualification) HSA Accountants, Great Chesterford

Josie Pretious-White - Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship, Bishop’s Stortford Veterinary Hospital

Mrs Fiona Price, Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Post-18 Co-ordinator commented“Congratulations to all our students that have worked so hard to gain apprenticeship schemes this year.  It is particularly rewarding that they have been successful in the current difficult economic climate where employment has been so negatively affected – this really is a reflection of their talent and skills.  You can see, particularly from Matt and Dan’s descriptions, that motivation and determination are key and that the selection processes are very demanding and competitive.  I am sure that they will make fantastic contributions in their respective roles while gaining their varied professional qualifications."