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Apprentice learns while he earns at the university of coffee

Starbucks gives young student a chance to learn skills on the job

James Cadwell, 20, of Ickenham, is an apprentice at Starbucks in the St George's Centre, Harrow, where he started work as an alternative to going to university.

University is not for everyone and James Cadwell is proving you can learn a lot on the job.

James, 20, of Ickenham, landed A-levels last summer in psychology, sociology and business, but instead of heading into higher education he headed to Harrow, and the branch of Starbucks in the St George’s Centre.

A year on, he has completed a Level Two customer service and barista mastery apprenticeship and will be starting a Level Three management and leadership apprenticeship this year. At the end of his training he has a guaranteed job and meanwhile gets paid a wage.

James said: “I was looking at university and was so unsure about what to do or where to go.

“I was much more excited about the thought of taking the apprenticeship route.

“I saw the Starbucks apprenticeship as a great opportunity to earn some money, get some hands-on experience and also gain some qualifications, all at the same time.”

Thousands of pupils got their A-level results last week and many will be contemplating their future and the next step to take.

Meanwhile, GCSE results are out tomorrow (Thursday). Check www.getwestlondon.co.uk to see how local schools got on.

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