AN apprentice has been speaking about her positive experience to inspire others to find out more.

Emma Mitchell is halfway through a year-long placement in communications.

The 21-year-old was uncertain about her career path after finishing school and was working part-time when she heard about the apprenticeship at Crawley Borough Council.

She said: “Right from the beginning of my apprenticeship, I’ve enjoyed the responsibilities of the role.

“I’m treated like any other employee and not just an apprentice, making me feel like what I do matters and makes a difference to the organisation.

“Being out of education was a liberating experience, although I knew if I wanted to start a new career, I would need more relevant training.

“An apprenticeship would not only give me the qualifications I required but would also allow me to stay in the world of work, which I didn’t plan on leaving.

“I’d recommend anyone to consider an apprenticeship when deciding what to do after college.

“It’s ideal if you want to continue collecting qualifications while earning a decent wage.

“The experience you gain from being in a work place environment is, in my opinion, more valuable than what you learn in further education.

“Employers think so too.”

Ms Mitchell, from Crawley, is hoping her story will inspire others to find out more.

An apprenticeship jobs fair is taking place at the Civic hall in The Boulevard, Crawley, on January 16 from 3.30pm to 60m.

West Sussex County Council cabinet member for education and skills Richard Burrett said: “ It is great to hear of Emma’s experience as an apprentice.

“I hope others will come along to the fair to find out more.

“Apprenticeships are a hugely valuable career path for young people.

“They offer genuine skills and in-work training that can catapult an ambitious employee ahead.”