Southport student wins place as government apprentice

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Southport student wins place as government apprentice

An 18-year-old student from Southport is celebrating after winning a place on a national government apprenticeship scheme.

Conor Smyth will start work at the Ministry of Justice in Liverpool in September after being offered a place on the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme.

Conor, who studied Chemistry, Maths and Physics A-levels at Christ the King Catholic High School,  is one of 100 young people across the country to have been offered a two-year apprenticeship after more than 4,000 people applied for the role.

He will work as a Team Leader dealing with appeals relating to benefits and disability allowances, and had to carry out online assessments and attend a half-day interview in Manchester before being offered the role.

Conor said:

“I knew I didn’t want to carry on with traditional education and so was looking for something new, fresh and exciting.

“I spotted the details about the apprenticeship scheme on Twitter and it looked like it could be a good alternative to going to university. Some of my friends are dead set on doing a degree and know what job they want afterwards, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do if I went to university.

“The interview was quite exciting as I’d not really done anything like that before. We had to do a written assessment, a face-to-face interview and then a group task so I got a bit of an adrenaline rush from that.

“The apprenticeship lasts for two years but hopefully I’ll be able to stay in the civil service after that, and the experience will mean I’ll be able to apply for graduate jobs. I’m really looking forward to starting.”

The apprenticeship scheme is aimed at 18 to 21-year-olds who have chosen not to go to university. The vast majority of those being taken on are external applicants who do not already have experience in the civil service.

The apprentices will have a structured training programme for at least two years, and will be expected to develop a range of skills. At the end of the scheme, they will be eligible to apply for graduate jobs.

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