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“The main thing interested me was the fact that it’s not just in a warehouse picking this stock all day, you can one day be 20 miles down the M6 or round the corner on the M62 doing all sorts of bits,” explains Amey apprentice Josh Dudley about why he loves his job in Highways on this week’s Highways Voices.

Josh is one of three apprentices who are guests on the podcast this week, marking National Apprenticeship Week, where he talks about his experience of being one of the lads, how he’s loving the variety, his ideas for informing the public and even how he helped a driver who was having a suspected heart attack.

Before Josh on the show, Lauren Cooper and Lauren Weaver of Kier tell us about their apprenticeships and why they chose to go down that career path.

“I was going to do a levels and then go on university… but then I heard about the apprenticeship route, which I wasn’t too aware of to be honest,” explains Lauren Cooper adding that “I decided to go into highlights because it kind of interests me… working on the infrastructure around us,” while Lauren Weaver said she didn’t want to learn five days a week anymore by doing a degree.  “I knew the apprenticeship route for being able to continue my learning, but also starting to get experience,” she explains. “I wanted to start earning and… actually doing the job that I knew I wanted to be in.”

The trio have some great insights into what it’s like to start a career, and give some food for thought who are recruiters, and why going down the graduate route may not always be the best option.

The podcast also hears who this week’s Adrian’s Accolade goes to, and a summary of some of the stories brought to you over the past few days on the Highways News website.

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