Grant progresses to the next stage in his career thanks to an apprenticeship

01 April 2020

Looking to progress in your career? You may want to consider an apprenticeship.

At 33-year-old Grant Burnip is busting the myth that apprenticeships are just for school leavers.

Grant, from South Shields, had worked for the NHS for more than eight years before taking on an apprenticeship with his employer. 

And now, having studied our ILM Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading, he’s stepped up the career ladder into a management role – and is encouraging others to follow suit.  

Grant said: “Like most people probably do, I’d always presumed apprenticeships were for 16-year-olds. 

“I then found out I could progress into a management role, while keeping my full time job and studying at Middlesbrough College one day a week – and for me, it’s been the best route to progressing in my career.

“I was nervous about returning to education at first but I wouldn’t be where I am without my apprenticeship – it’s given me the skills and knowledge to step up into my dream role.” 

Despite working a full-time role managing a team of 20 alongside his apprenticeship, Grant praised the support of his tutors here at Middlesbrough College for helping him maintain a healthy work/life balance. 

 “As well as responsibilities at work, I have a young daughter to look after and so it was important I didn’t let the pressures of trying to balance work and my apprenticeship affect the time I spent with my family. 

“The apprenticeship was really flexible and my tutors were always on hand to support me – even at a distance. 

“The skills I was picking up from the course really helped me manage my workload too, which ensured I didn’t miss any deadlines. 

“If you put your mind to it, you really can achieve anything and I’d definitely recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone looking to progress in their career – it’s the best decision I’ve made.”

A recent Freedom of Information request response from the Department for Education reported a £2m Levy underspend in 2019 – proving there are still huge opportunities for businesses to access Levy funding to upskill their staff.

It pays to talk to someone who can assess business challenges and match them with solutions that can be structured to suit business needs.

Our training and apprenticeship arm, Northern Skills Group (NSG) helps levy paying companies access funding via the Government’s digital apprenticeship service. 

The great thing is apprenticeships can encompass a whole range of different training methods that can be tweaked and modified to suit a business’ needs.

Perhaps it needs new technical skills to grow its product offering, have a group of promising junior staff who it wants to retain or are looking to develop its management team – just like in Grant’s case.  

Apprenticeship programmes could be the solution to these issues, from bringing new staff into the business to equipping existing employees with the skills they need to progress. 

And for apprentices, it’s a great route to either step onto the career ladder, retrain, or progress into a more senior role – learning on the job as you earn.  

We work with more than 2,000 businesses across the North East and Yorkshire to support learners and businesses in more sectors at more skill levels than ever before – and would encourage anyone considering an apprenticeship to get in touch.

To find out more about apprenticeships or how a local business could take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy, contact NSG on 03453 40 40 40 or

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