A young magician from Kettering is learning some new tricks after joining an apprenticeship with an events firm.
Jamie Docherty, 19, is a former Kettering Science Academy student, and has joined event management company CJS Event Solutions, based in Kettering.
The former performing arts student realised he had a knack, and the confidence, for being a stage performer after he finished his A-levels.
However, he said despite his original plan to go on to university to study a degree in event management – he has decided to go into an apprenticeship arranged through Tresham College instead.
Jamie said: “I’d always been into magic and started doing tricks at a very young age.
“I was lucky enough to get into the magic circle in October 2013 and it’s been a win-win situation at CJS because they’ve been able to offer my services and I’ve been able to get some bookings out of it.
“I’ve done lots of close up magic and theatre events for around 1,000 people, I’ve even done a gig for Jamie Carragher – I don’t think I’d have ever got the chance to do anything like this if I’d gone down the university route.
“It feels good to know that Kevin had the confidence in me to do that and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I’ll be getting up to in the future.”
He is the first apprentice employed by Kevin Shapland, owner of CJS, who believes that there’s no substitute for practical experience.
Kevin said: “I’m a keen supporter of apprenticeships and have been really impressed with Jamie.
“We have found over the years that, although highly qualified, graduates lack the work experience that they need to hit the ground running.
“Jamie has got stuck in, has a willingness to learn, gives some fantastic ideas and is a real asset to the team, not to mention his magician skills which were an added bonus.”