Archive for August, 2016

Trying

Posted: August 30, 2016 in books

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I’m not so sure I’d like the results of that. Everyone around me is far too used to getting what they want. Should the day come that I put myself first, I’m fairly sure it would end in disaster.

Who are apprenticeships really for?

Posted: August 30, 2016 in books

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Here’s two definitions of what an apprenticeship is:

A kind of job training that involves following and studying a master of the trade on the job instead of school.

A job with training. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.

Sounds good right? Well I have been searching for an apprenticeship for my boys for quite some time now and am not pleased at all. They are generally intended for school leavers between the ages of 16-21 but don’t be fooled by that. We’ve applied for some with those requirements and been told that you actually have to be 18, one of my sons was 16 at the time and told to reapply when he turns 18. Why state the age range in the first place? And that’s not the only problem with apprenticeships. Most want top qualifications and even experience. I had thought they were created to help young people get somewhere in life, clearly they were only intended for the smart youngsters of the world and not those who desperately want to get out in the workforce and learn a trade. It really annoys me because I know my boys are hard workers and eager to learn new things. We’ve abandoned that line of thinking and they have enrolled in college instead, but my eldest had already completed one year in college and still didn’t qualify for an apprenticeship so I doubt a second year would make much difference to the equation.

Car hunting

Posted: August 1, 2016 in books

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Why is hunting for a new car so hard?!! I have the money, a vague idea of what I want and yet it is harder than finishing the last book in your favourite series. It seemed simple, hunt through the ads and find one you like but then there’s distance to take into consideration. I’m not about to travel millions of miles in case I don’t like it. I’ve also viewed a few that looked nothing like the pictures, and then been disappointed when I’ve arranged a viewing only to find that they had sold the car before I get there. The other thing I didn’t take into consideration was the insurance. I found a really nice car, in fact my dream car but when I called to check how much insurance would cost, let’s just say the car will have to remain just a dream. I have found a car which is a private sale, this is also something to take into consideration. Are they genuine? Am I about to get robbed for my money? I admit I’m a little nervous since I’ve only previously been to trade dealers, but this is the car I want, should it be as stated in the pictures so fingers crossed it will all go smoothly 😀