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Apprenticeships by Catherine Dawson

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Appendix 3

Case studies

Case study 1: Michael Doucas, Youth Work Apprentice, Children’s Services

I met Michael on a sunny autumn day outside the Abbey in the small market town of Sherborne in North West Dorset. We sat on a bench in the Abbey grounds to discuss his apprenticeship, which was with the Children’s Services section of Dorset County Council.

Michael worked at Dorchester Youth Centre for 30 hours a week and had each Thursday off work for training. He was working towards an NVQ and VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification) Level 1 and believed that it would take him 16 to 18 months to complete. When we met he had already completed three months and three weeks of his apprenticeship and was enjoying the work, which he described in the ...

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