Daniel in uni trade off

Ex-Calderstones student Daniel Edgar is a qualified tool maker with Jaguar Landrover in Speke. Having started as an advanced apprentice in 2011, he has always stayed in touch with the school since he left.

Even before finishing school, Daniel was certain that pursuing a trade was his preferred option.
Armed with A-levels in PE, sociology and geography he applied for an apprenticeship with a handful of large local companies. He soon landed a great job with Jaguar Landrover in Speke as an advanced apprentice.

Daniel, who is 23 and lives in South Liverpool, said: “I would recommend an apprenticeship to anybody. Going to university was an option after my A-levels and most of my friends went to Leeds University.

“But financially and career wise I certainly don’t feel as if I made a mistake by not joining them. I’m much further ahead than I would have been even if I had gained a degree.”

Although Daniel admits he missed out on the fun his friends had at university he feels that his present situation more than compensates.

He said: “I am only 23 and I will be buying a house this year; I have a well paid job and don’t worry about money for things like holidays or going out.

Daniel’s former head of sixth form at Calderstones, Paul Richards, said: “It’s very encouraging for the teaching staff when we see past students embark on promising careers.

“Daniel had a great rapport with the teachers at school and through staying in touch he has been back to help other students who are making applications to become apprentices at either 16 or 18 years of age.”

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