Apprentice Abby is delighted with scheme

Christine Emmett, Abby Smith and Minister for Skill Matt Hancock MP
Christine Emmett, Abby Smith and Minister for Skill Matt Hancock MP

Apprentice Abby Smith was full of praise for apprenticeships after receiving her Advanced Apprenticeship Certificate from Minister for Skills Matt Hancock MP today (Wednesday, October 24).

Abby, who is trained and employed by Nital Training and Development, of Corby, said: “I came here after sixth form. My dad and brother both did apprenticeships and my sister went to university and after seeing them I knew I wanted to do an apprenticeship rather than going to university.

“I didn’t want to be in debt and I like earning while I’m learning. All my friends went to university but some of them have said they would have done the same as me if they’d known about it.”

A former pupil at Kingswood, Abby is now an apprentice recruitment officer for Nital and assesses potential candidates and tries to find suitable employers. She said: “I like getting out and about and visiting different companies, I’m not in the office all day. It has made me more self-confident because I have to talk to all sorts of people. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other people.”

Currently, Abby is taking an NVQ in Information and Guidance and hopes to go on to do a business degree, with help from Nital. Having met the Minister for Skills and the Conservatives’ Parliamentary candidate, Christine Emmett, Abby said she would vote this year but she had not yet decided who for.

Nital, a registered charity, helped 112 people find employment between August 2011 and July this year, the majority of whom were 16 to 18-year-olds. The apprenticeships they offer range from engineering and business administration to logistics and management. All their vacancies are on the National Apprenticeship Service website or go to