Emily King, Plumbing Apprentice

"I’ve always been more of a practical person and here it’s different every day. It suits me better than being in an office environment. The experience helps you get straight into a job and sets you apart from the rest."

Oliver Skinner, Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice

"What I like most about my apprenticeship is learning on the job whilst being paid. I wanted to learn within the industry and get practical experience. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who wants to get work experience and have support from tutors."

Danielle Northcott, Business Apprentice

"I really like the small class sizes and I enjoy the freedom of studying on campus, or at home. The apprenticeship fits in well with my full time job and day to day life and enables me to continue my professional development whilst learning."

Ashleigh Jackson, Level 3 Dental Nurse Apprentice

"I really like the new learning facilities, its a nice environment to learn in and the tutors are very helpful and enthusiastic. Studying the dental apprenticeship has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Olivia Turton, Level 3 Marketing Apprentice

"I’ve enjoyed learning on the job and putting those skills into practice, all whilst being paid. If you are wanting to gain first-hand experience in your chosen industry, I would really encourage taking the apprenticeship route."

Saskia Wren, Level 3 Human Resoures CIPD Apprentice

"Completing an apprenticeship has allowed me to gain confidence in a work environment and develop important skills. I have also been able to gain an additional qualification, which focuses on applied learning, rather than classroom theory."

Oriean Kay, Business Apprentice

"I would recommend studying an apprenticeship as it gives you an opportunity to develop all aspects of personal and business knowledge, skills and experiences. I enjoy Fridays studying on site at University Centre Colchester and the face to face group working."

Rhea Jackson, Manufacturing Engineering Apprentice

"I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to get a degree and gain experience of the engineering sector. The best part is learning different skills and putting them into practice in the workplace. I would encourage others to choose this route."

Yasmin Perez, Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprentice

"I enjoy studying an apprenticeship at Colchester Institute as I am learning the theory which I am using on a day to day basis in the industry. It makes it easier to retain the knowledge whilst studying. I like that they have the dental surgery here so when I go into the workplace my surroundings are familiar."

Zak Stankevitch, Level 2 Hair Apprentice

"I enjoy the fact that I am learning while working in the the salon. I felt that studying an apprenticeship was the best way for me to get the qualification I need whilst I also gain experience. Its a great alternative to a full time course, because I can earn while training."

Rebecca Bowers, Level 3 Business Apprentice

"My favourite part about an apprenticeship were the skills I learned, the confidence I gained and the people I met. I wanted to change my career path, earn on the job and gain a qualification at the end."

Joe Lowe, Level 2 Carpentry Apprentice

"I like studying on an apprenticeship as my course is practical and it relates to the work that I am doing. The course will set me up with the skills I need for a good career in the industry."