KINGSBURY Green Academy is being praised for being committed to apprenticeships as this week marks Apprenticeship Week.

Premier UK Jobs took on two students at the Calne school.

Ryan Venner, the sales and marketing director, said: “We’ve had a link with Kingsbury Green Academy for 18 months, and the head of careers there, Cath Young, is so proactive with employers that she makes the process of taking on apprentices just flow naturally."

“In our industry, you can enter at degree level, but you don’t need a degree in order to be highly successful in your career. Both the students we took on with Cath’s help are doing really well indeed. We threw them in at the deep end, giving them both plenty of responsibility, and after a few weeks you’d have thought they had been working here for years."

Taylor Maddock is doing a degree apprenticeship in digital marketing.

“I’m getting exactly what I wanted here,” said Taylor.

“I run the business marketing, creating online content and making sure we stay on trend. I’m really enjoying my job and learning a lot at the same time.”

Cath Young said that an important part of the academy’s vision is for all its students to remove social, economic and academic barriers to realise their potential.

“Years ago, people often went into the same occupations that their parents were in, often because this is what they knew and they had contacts they could call upon,” said Cath.