Ex-military soldier is proof that you can undertake an apprenticeship at any age

Adrian, a Senior Highways Operative (SHO) and a proud ex-military soldier has been working with Kirklees Council for seven years now, but began his career with us as a mature apprentice.

What did Adrian do before his apprenticeship?

Aged 28, Adrian had served six years for the British Armed Forces and had left under traumatic and upsetting circumstances. Struggling to adapt to civilian life and unaware he was suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he drifted, and lost direction and structure in his life.

What apprenticeship did Adrian apply for?

When Adrian saw an advert to apply for an apprenticeship, he took the opportunity and rose to the challenge, applying in three different areas – he was successful in all and chose Kirklees Highways team to begin the next stage of his career and get his life back on track.

What is Adrian doing now?

Adrian completed his 2 year apprenticeship and went on to be employed as a Highways Operative with us. After completing his third year, Adrian applied to be a SHO and once again, was successful.

Asked about why he chose to do an apprenticeship, and what advice he’d give to someone considering applying he said:

“I love working on the roads and using my hands, doing things and seeing the end result of the hard work we put in as a team.
Being in the army, you’re proud and your family and friends are proud of you, when I left I lost a bit of pride and purpose, but doing the apprenticeship gave me that back. I’d advise anyone thinking about applying for an apprenticeship to do it.”

Adrian is proof that you can undertake an apprenticeship at any age in life.

One comment

  • Congratulations on completing your apprenticeship Adrian. Perhaps you would like to come and have a look at our road, which is in a dire state and apply your new found knowledge on how Kirklees run their Highways department to non effect to their residents, who I would like to point out pay towards their salaries.

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