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This weeks blog features traineeship programme learner Ashley Savigar, who recently completed his traineeship program with us and has since gone on to secure full-time employment within the Fibreglass production company he completed work experience with while on his traineeship. Therefore we sat down with him to find out his thoughts regarding his traineeship, as well as congratulate him on the job... 
Congratulations on the new job! 
Thanks, it's been great. I started properly last week- can't wait for my first proper wage!  
What was your experience of the traineeship programme overall? 
Yeah it was good, I met a lot of new people and made new friends as well as gained experience in the workplace. 
Favourite aspect of it? 
Everything- it was fun. It was something different and something to do in the day 
What kind of practical skills have you learnt from the work experience you completed as part of your traineeship? 
Everything about fibreglass, I now know how to laminate, sand, cut, and wrap Fibreglass 
And what about the skills you have developed as a result of the overall programme? 
Leadership skills, time management, CV writing, I'm confident in all of those areas now, these are key skills which will prepare me for the future. 
What did you think of the tutors? 
They were great- really friendly! 
What were your plans before enrolling onto the traineeship? 
I didn't really know what to do, straight after leaving school I had enrolled at college but I left there pretty soon afterwards as I felt that college was just not for me. 
However, the traineeship was different- it gets you working straight away. It gives you something to do and something to push for rather than being stuck at college for 2 years; you can start working and earning money straight away. 
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a traineeship? 
I'd say just do it, it's been a great experience. It opened doors for me in the future and gave me something to push for. 
In 2017 over 74% of Onside learners entered employment or further education after completing their traineeship. These figures combined with success stories from learners like Ashley, make the whole process worthwhile and underpin our value proposition to maximise the potential of learners across the UK looking to further their education. 
Enjoy that first wage Ashley- and a massive good luck for the future!! 
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