The idea of apprenticeships was first introduced in the middle ages - fast forward to 2019 and they’re now one of the top routes into a bright and successful career.

Did you know some of the most famous people in the world started off as an apprentice? Jamie Oliver, David Beckham and Stella McCartney all started their careers with one and now look where they are! There are also plenty of famous (and successful) people from Liverpool who have done an apprenticeship. Let’s find out who...

  • Ringo Starr

Musician, songwriter, singer, actor, Beatles member and an apprentice machinist! Yep, Ringo Starr actually started his career out as an apprentice at a Liverpool equipment manufacturer in 1956, which was found for him by his mother's husband, Harry Graves.

On his lunch breaks him and Graves would discuss their love for music, write songs and even rehearse. Little did he know… he’d soon become a member of the biggest band in the world!

  • Steve Rotheram 

Steve is the current Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, but he hasn’t always been in politics! Born in Liverpool, he left school at 16 and became an apprentice bricklayer, to then go on to start his own business at 22!

Today, Steve is a huge advocate for apprenticeships and has pledged to deliver a “skills revolution” for young people across the city region.

πŸ“Έ: Liverpool ECHO

  • Tommy Lawrence

Tommy was once Bill Shankly’s first choice goalkeeper at LFC back in 1962 - appearing 390 times for the club! However it wasn’t all plain sailing for Tommy as he started off with humble beginnings as an LFC apprentice. Pretty impressive stuff!

πŸ“Έ: Wikipedia

  • Ian Callaghan

Another LFC legend, Ian was born in Toxteth, Liverpool in 1951 and went on to become one of the teams top midfielders. Cally, as he was known, plaid for the team an impressive 857 times - that’s more than any other player!

Like Tommy, Cally started off as an apprentice player, but it wasn’t long before he proved his stripes. Playing just four games for the reserve team, Cally was promoted to a senior position and the rest is history!

  • Joe Royle

Not only was Joe a player at Everton FC, he also went on to become manager! Born in Liverpool in 1949, Joe joined Everton as an apprentice and appeared 232 times for the blues.

After retiring from the game, Royle was named an Everton Giant in 2004 and in 2014 became the club’s professional development coordinator - not bad for starting off as an apprentice!

πŸ“Έ: Everton FC

Last but not least… the Visit Liverpool team!

Yep, both Stefan and Jess from Visit Liverpool started off their careers as apprentices after leaving school. Read on to find out a little more about us…

  • Jess - Digital Marketing Executive

When I first applied for an apprenticeship after deciding that University wasn’t for me, my Mum was sceptical and worried. At my school, we were always sold that university is the way forward if you wanted to be anything other than a plumber, brick layer or a hairdresser.

I started my apprenticeship in 2012 as a Marketing and Data Support Apprentice at Marketing Cheshire. I had two projects. One was to help implement a new CRM system and the other was to promote ‘the Apprenticeship Promise’ and encourage other businesses in Cheshire to invest in apprentices.

After completing a Level 3 apprenticeship I was offered a full time role at Marketing Cheshire. I helped out with content, enewsletters and social media. Now I work at Marketing Liverpool and my role is to manage the mainly the VisitLiverpool website, along with others and a busy content schedule for multiple brands. Completing an apprenticeship has given me invaluable experience that I wouldn’t have gained going to university.

  • Stefan - Digital Marketing Assistant

I started my Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship back in 2015 at a digital marketing agency, just 8 weeks after I left school! I was the youngest employee the company had ever hired and I didn’t really know what digital marketing was - little did I know it’d change my life.

During my apprenticeship I was a star in the Government’s ‘Get in Go Far’ campaign to help promote the positive impact of apprenticeships to young people, parents and businesses. This was an experience I’ll never forget!

Fast forward two years and here I am working in my dream job at Marketing Liverpool helping to promote the city around the world. I work with the best team and I am only here because of the experience and skills I gained while doing my apprenticeship.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2019 - take a look at Fire It Up to see how an apprenticeship could benefit you!

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This blog has been written by Stefan Price, Digital Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool. Stefan helps out the team with any digital activity across Marketing Liverpool/ Visit Liverpool and runs the its Liverpool social channels!
Stefan is 19 years old and is from Liverpool. He loves all things to do with cruises, shopping and the odd Gin and Elderflower!