In 2017, the Burrfields Road sports equipment centre employed Matt Healy, who is completing his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Customer Service with the support of Highbury College.
Portsmouth Golf Centre is a founder member of the Euro-Select Golf Alliance and stocks all the leading golf brands.
Managing Director and Business Owner of Portsmouth Golf Centre Terry Healy said: “Highbury has been great, we’ve had consistent contact with the College through email, phone and site visits. The College/workplace balance was right as the apprenticeship was based here with supplementary work at the College. Highbury has been flexible and staff were very supportive.”
Young people in the UK are required to remain in education or training until the age of 18 and apprenticeships offer the perfect blend of practical work experience coupled with classroom learning.
Mr Healy added: “I think apprenticeships can help you build a stable, strong and sustainable team. There’s a whole workforce out there that you can nurture and develop. This is good for the individual, good for the country but more importantly good for businesses.
“It’s so important to help young people get off to a good start in life. Apprenticeships are giving more opportunities to young people to help them find their way in the world and inspire them. You know the old saying, if you find something you enjoy, you’ll never do a day’s work in your life, and it’s so true.”
Matt has almost finished his apprenticeship, which will lead to a full-time job at the centre.
The 17-year-old said: “I’ve enjoyed my apprenticeship. I’ve always been the kid that enjoyed PE more than maths at school, and apprenticeships are a good way of getting experience at a young age. You’re also treated more like an adult in the workplace.
“Highbury has helped me with my apprenticeship with things like time management. It’s also kept me out of the classroom, which I like as that suits me more.”