Current apprentices in Chesterfield

Sam Wood – Stephenson’s Tea and Coffee House

Name: Sam Wood

Age: 20

Lives in: Woodthorpe, Derbyshire

Apprenticeship: Level 3 Business Management

Employer: Stephenson’s Tea and Coffee House

Training Provider: Learning Unlimited, Chesterfield College

Sam was doing his first year of A Levels (Biology, Geography and Psychology) when he decided that it wasn’t for him. He was already working part-time at Stephenson’s Tea and Coffee House when he was offered a full-time Level 2 Hospitality and Catering Apprenticeship there. He decided to accept, seeing it as a practical stepping stone to achieving his ultimate ambition of running his own café.

Sam spoke about the benefits of doing his apprenticeship: “There’s a lot more freedom with an apprenticeship. You’re in a real working environment, gaining practical experience and earning money whilst doing so.

“Another benefit for me is that I got to choose some of the training modules for my apprenticeship. This means that I could specifically tailor the training to exactly what I needed to be able to progress in my job role.”

After completing his Level 2 apprenticeship, Sam embarked on a Level 3 Business Management Apprenticeship.

Sam gave this advice to young people looking for an apprenticeship: “I was lucky to have such supportive friends and family when I was looking to do an apprenticeship, however I know that’s not always the case. If they aren’t so supportive, talk to them and make sure they are well-informed of the progress you can make from an apprenticeship.”

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