As the academic year enters its last term, the Apollo Studio Academy in Peterlee has seen its innovative approach to learning coming out on top.
As pass rates climb, the first groups of Year 13 students to complete their studies at the new school are now being made exciting offers to progress into higher education or the world of work.
Latest on the Apollo ‘hire’ list is Chris Halliday, 18, from Peterlee, who will be embarking on a four-year Apprenticeship with local specialist metal manufacturing firm, SoTech.
Chris has been studying and learning on the job with SoTech for the last two years whilst undertaking his manufacturing engineering qualification at Apollo.
His hard work, new found skills and positive attitude have earned him the offer of a paid Apprenticeship in fabrication and welding, showing once again that the Apollo-way of learning is proving successful for many local young people.
Speaking of his Apprenticeship opportunity, Chris said: “Throughout my course at Apollo I have loved my time at Sotech.
“I have learnt so much over the past two years through the work placement here at SoTech and at Apollo and now I can’t wait to go on and further my career here.
“It’s an exciting time ahead and I can’t wait to start my Apprenticeship with the company.”
Tony Norton, Operations Manager at Sotech, added: “We are delighted that Chris will be joining our firm – he is a really great kid who is eager and willing to learn and committed to progressing his career at Sotech.
“The work we saw from Chis throughout his course at Apollo and the potential we see in him for the future, means we have a long-term plan in place for him which starts with his Apprenticeship.
“We have been engaging with Apollo since it opened over 18 months ago, and find that their model of working and learning fits a definitive need for the area and is perfectly suited to our own manufacturing model.
“Students come to us with a willingness to work and the courses enable us to build strong relationships with potential employees, assessing them on an ongoing basis so that we can develop their skills over time and employ people who are a great fit for our team.”
SoTech is no stranger to working with young people and has been running Apprenticeships for 34 years and last year won the Employers’ Apprenticeship Award for the north east.