Which famous apprentice are you?

Think apprenticeships don’t pave the way to greatness? Think again.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, our Software Development team have put their heads together and have put together a quiz to challenge perceptions on apprenticeships. Find out which famous previous-apprentice you are, and discover what famous celebrities careers started with apprenticeships.

Get started below.

We developed this quiz to demonstrate how making the choice to do an apprenticeship can be the start of an incredible career, where ever life takes you.

Hopefully the examples of great success have shown that going to University does not correlate to having a bright future. Many of those that choose to further their education with apprenticeships have gone on to do brilliant things, and you can too.

There are many different industries that offer incredible opportunities to kick start careers, such as Law or Accountancy, but the Digital industry offers a host of rewarding career opportunities and that are both challenging and fruitful.

There are many different roles to fulfill, and a range of apprenticeships to provide the skills needed to fulfill these career paths.

Take a look at the apprenticeships we offer here and which live vacancies we currently have available here.

Take a look at other famous apprentices:

David Beckham

David Beckham had trials with his local club Leyton Orient, Norwich City and attended Tottenham Hotspurs’ school of excellence, but it was his parents’ favourite club that he signed with at Manchester United on his 14th birthday, and subsequently signed to its Youth Training Scheme in 1991, an on-the-job training course for school leavers aged 16 and 17.

Beckham has consistently ranked among the highest earners in football, and in 2013 was listed as the highest-paid player in the world, having earned over $50 million in the previous 12 months.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley is truly what the American Dream is all about. A small town boy from a shack in Tupelo, in the north of Mississippi, his family moved to Memphis for a better life. He was a polite young man and the only class he ever failed was, ironically, music. But this didn’t stop him chasing his dream.

Before he became one the of the world’s most famous musicians, Elvis worked for Crown Electric delivering supplies and going to an electrical apprenticeship school at night. During this time, he got a very important call from Sun Studios and the rest is history.

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen started his career as an apprentice at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Instead of going down the traditional route of attending drama school, Ian learned his trade ‘on the job’ during his three-year apprenticeship.

Sir Ian is now most famous for his portrayal of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Awards. He has received two Oscar nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations.

Stella McCartney

Despite being Paul McCartney’s daughter, Stella McCartney didn’t choose to simply live off her parents fame. Stella worked hard, creating her first jacket aged 13.

Stella interned with Christian Lacroix, and to took up an apprenticeship with Edward Sexton, a tailor on Saville Row when she was a fashion student. Her apprenticeship helped her pick up skills of the trade, sketching patterns and taking up trouser hems. There, she continued to open up an independent boutique in London, climbed the fashion ladder and is now a world-renowned fashion designer.

Leonardo Da Vinci

In 1466, at the age of 14, Leonardo was apprentice to the artist Andrea di Cione, known as Verrocchio, whose bottega (workshop) was “one of the finest in Florence”. He also apprenticed for 7 years as a garzone (studio boy) to Andrea del Verrocchio, the leading Florentine painter and sculptor of his day.

He has been called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie is one of Britain’s most famous Chefs, starring in a number of television shows, and writing many cook books. After leaving, he would begin to attend what was at the time called Westminster Technical College (now called Westminster Kingsway College) to study for an NVQ  in Home Economics. Home Economics is essentially learning about how to manage cooking and other aspects of household management. Jamie now has a string of Italian restaurants across the UK in his name, and continues to campaign for healthier food to be more accessible to everyone, especially those with lower incomes.

Interested in what apprenticeships are like today? These statistics help to create a picture.


Of apprentices continue in employment after their apprenticeship


Employers would recommend Estio training for IT and Digital training programmes


Learners who have passed their EPA with Estio Training


Of these learners achieved Distinctions


Of Trainers improved Learners experiences

Thinking of utilising apprenticeships in your business?

If you’re considering utilising apprenticeships to hire an apprentice or upskill your existing team, get in touch with our Client Engagement Team today for a free consultancy.

Fancy blazing your trail with a digital apprenticeship?

If you have a passion for digital industries such as Software Development, IT & Cyber Security, Digital Marketing and Data Analysis, and you’re considering a Digital apprenticeship, contact our Resource team today for free advice.