Last Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Student Turns Political

Mature student, Craig Busby (32) had worked in a number of admin roles but always felt that he was missing his true vocation in life.

Craig had developed an interest in politics and when an opportunity arose at North Lindsey College to work with a local MP and also gain a qualification he jumped at the chance.  Craig started his apprenticeship when he was 27 years old and continued to develop his business admin apprenticeship with Nic Dakin (MP).

Nik Dakin (MP) said: “I am really proud of Craig.  He was the first apprentice I employed as an MP.  He was keen to do whatever was asked of him to the best of his abilities and showed himself to be a quick learner.  North Lindsey's apprenticeship programme worked really well for him as he thrived in his new environment.  It wasn't surprising to me that Craig went on to excel at university and has now worked for 4 different Labour MPs each one of them delighted with his work.”

In 2016 Craig graduated with a 2:1 and in June of 2016 he gained a full time position as a Parliamentary Assistant/Caseworker for Toby Perkins (MP for Chesterfield).

Craig Busby said, “The work place has helped my career just as much as the qualification did. As a result of gaining the qualification, I was able to go study politics at Sheffield Hallam University. During my time at university, the links my employer during my apprenticeship and the skills I developed during the apprenticeship enabled me to gain part time employment with 2 MPs in the Sheffield area. I feel the apprenticeship enabled me to develop the skills I needed to be able to do this.”

Craig continued to say: “I feel that doing an apprenticeship at North Lindsay College was one of my best decisions as it was the start of completely transforming my life. Prior to the apprenticeship I was stuck in a job with no prospects. As a result of the apprenticeship I moved with my Fiancé and two children to Sheffield. In addition, I am now a graduate and I am in a challenging job that I enjoy.”