Case study

Apprentice stories


Harriet Clifton

Towards the end of my time at school they mostly promoted College and University as the next steps to take.

I knew that wasn’t for me but when I left school I wasn’t sure where to look so I got a part time job at a local pub. 

My parents eventually came to me with the idea of doing an apprenticeship – they told me how I could learn and earn and it sounded great.

Before I knew it, I was starting an apprenticeship with Aster and haven’t looked back.

So far, I’ve worked in a call operator role and am currently in an administrative role which means I’m getting a varied experience.

Alongside my apprenticeship I have an assessor who comes out to see me. They set me assignments which I am able to do during work time as well.

My apprenticeship ends in two months’ time and I only have one assignment left to complete – which I am proud of finishing ahead of time.

I am actively looking for new roles and would like to use the skills I have acquired and my health and social care qualification to gain a role within community engagement.

An apprenticeship is definitely worthwhile because you gain valuable experience and skills and most employers want previous experience.

This apprenticeship has allowed me to develop new skills and has also given me financial independence.


Holly's story

Each year we provide a range of exciting apprenticeships and traineeships to help young people gain skills and qualifications, and access a rewarding career.

Holly, from Devizes, Wiltshire, joined the business after completing her GCSE studies in 2014 and has successfully completed an apprenticeship with Aster Group which helped her land her dream job with our People Services team.

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