Meet Nathan, apprentice Chef.

Considering an apprenticeship? See what Nathan Bingley has to say about his...

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

After finishing college (I was studying music) I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for a living - or even a part-time job for that matter. I ended up signing on to Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and applying for jobs there every week until one of my support workers told me about a vacancy as a kitchen assistant at a venue close to my home. Instinctively I said yes (because I was lazy and wanted an easy and fast commute) and I applied for the job - I got a call a couple hours later asking for an interview.

How much help did you get (at work and college)? 

For the most part I really enjoyed my apprenticeship, I managed to overcome serious anxiety during the period and I became more confident in myself. I also found a craft that I am passionate about and hope to hone my skills for years to come. My tutor Paul gave me tremendous amount of support which I'm super grateful for! I actually considered leaving the apprenticeship but his kind words and encouragement managed to talk me out of it.

What do you actually do? 

After being in a kitchen for nearly three years now I managed to get a job in Saltaire at an Inn that produces really good food and I'm proud to be a cook there. I'm hoping to move out of Bradford and be a chef elsewhere whether it be in the UK or in a different country; my main priorities right now are about absorbing all knowledge so I can improve my skills!

Would you recommend an apprenticeship for the future?

I'd definitely wholeheartedly recommend an apprenticeship, I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for the programme. Although I was sceptical about the whole voluntary part I figured if I just put my head down and get that part over with, it would be better in the long run with money, a full time job and a qualification.

Nathan completed his apprenticeship with Qube Learning