Apprenticeships work, both as a viable alternative to Sixth Form or College but also for University Degrees as they offer nationally recognised qualifications alongside real industry experience – something which can’t be taught in a classroom.

Heart of England Training has over 45 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeship training in levels 2-5 across a variety of subjects, including Business Administration, Customer Service, Digital Marketing, IT, Project Management, Teaching Assistant and more…

The theme for this years’ National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Fire it Up’ and ‘Blaze a Trail’ and we will be showcasing some of apprentices and employers to hear how apprenticeships have help fire things up in their world of work…

Taylor Allen is currently a Sports Coach Apprentice within Pro:Direct Academy – Birmingham in association with Romulus FC. His role as an apprentice coach is to deliver coaching sessions within the full time football education programme based at Castle Vale Stadium in Birmingham.

Taylor has become an integral part of the coaching staff within the programme and has also been involved in coaching junior sides within Romulus FC, he has also ran free taster football sessions within primary schools in the local area and has consistently gone above and beyond what is expected of him on a day to day basis.

After completing his BTEC level 3 extended diploma in Sport, Taylor wanted to continue with us at Pro:Direct Academy so he applied for the sports coaching apprenticeship  vacancy and was successful in his interview and selected to become an apprentice for the 2018/19 season.

Since starting his apprenticeship Taylor’s role has developed as he blazed his own trail, he has a fantastic relationship with other learners within our full time study programme and has become a mentor to a number of current students, and draws on his his experiences to help guide learners both on and off the pitch.

Becoming a sports coach apprentice hasn’t stopped Taylor’s development on the field, after several eye-catching performances in Romulus FC’s first team he was approached by Vanarama Conference side Nuneaton Town FC where he has started 6 out of the last 6 games. His recent performances at Nuneaton Town have caught the eye of a number of scouts from professional clubs from Premier League down to League 2 and he has trialled and been offered contracts with two pro clubs but is yet to make a decision on which club he will be signing for. Taylor is showing a very mature mindset towards the interest of the clubs and has continued to commit and perform at a very high standard within his apprenticeship.

Dan Elliot, Pro Direct Academy Manager for Heart of England Training commented on Taylor’s success saying:

“We are so proud of everything that Taylor has achieved in his early career, Taylor has shown continued development on the field which has been rewarded with being selected for the Pro:Direct Select XI squad on several occasions. Off the field he has continued to show high levels of maturity and professionalism and dedication to his apprenticeship I look forward to seeing him continue to blaze his own trail in the beautiful game.”

So if you’re a school leaver who wants to fire up their career visit to find your spark.

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