Earn while you learn - two apprentices have started at Branching Out in Littleport

Branching Out in Littleport has two new apprentices Kelsey Linney is on the left, and Shahna Shimmin

Branching Out in Littleport has two new apprentices Kelsey Linney is on the left, and Shahna Shimmin is on the right - Credit: Archant

Two new apprentices have joined Branching Out in Littleport.

Shahna Shimmin and Kelsey Linney are both working towards care qualifications with the College of West Anglia.

Kelsey said: “With the apprenticeship you are treated like an adult. It’s a much better environment to learn in.

“I never thought I would choose to do education or a qualification without having to.”

Shahna said “It’s hard work going through all the paperwork, getting to know everyone, working on the care certificate and college work all at the same time, but it’s fun and it’s nice being here.”

Susan Wiggans, general manager of Branching Out, said: “We are really enjoying passing on our skills and knowledge to the next generation and getting to know them.”

The College of West Anglia (CWA) is one of the largest training providers in the Anglia region and works with hundreds of employers across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in supporting students through apprenticeships in a wide variety of work areas.

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Anne Hamilton, CWA training advisor for Branching Out apprentices, said: “Apprenticeships offer a great alternative way to gain qualifications, whilst earning as you learn.”