UK apprentice speaks up in Brussels

A UK tech apprentice was in Brussels this week to talk about young people and skills. Satveer Kaur-Singh, 22 from Lancashire is a QA apprentice at AXA Insurance, where 92% of QA’s apprentices end up in full-time employment after their apprenticeship ends, is a passionate advocate for apprenticeships, saying, “Doing an apprenticeship gives you the chance to gain qualifications and earn a salary at the same time. My parents were very supportive but we didn’t know much about apprenticeships, so were unsure if I was making the right decision. I am so glad that I took this route, and now I don’t have any student debt hanging over me.”

 

‘Making good headway’

This week’s event involved the European Commissioner for Employment, Marianne Thyssen, who said “The Alliance for Youth shows how investing in youth is also good for business. I am very pleased that it is stepping up its efforts with a new commitment under the European Alliance for Apprenticeships to offer 230,000 new placements to young people in Europe to secure their first foothold in the labour market. These alliances are making good headway to boost the employability of young people through quality apprenticeship and work opportunities.”

Ben Pike, QA Apprenticeships Managing Director said “Satveer is a fantastic example of how an apprenticeship can transform the life of a young person, who is able to learn and earn at the same time, whilst building valuable contacts and working for a highly supportive organisation, like AXA Insurance. Our core mission is to bring talent into our clients’ organisations training them in tech, business skills, and project management so that they can perform well within our clients’ teams.”